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Old 03-17-2013, 12:14 AM   #1 
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Mouth fungus

My betta I just got has mouth fungus. Can you help me with treating him. As you can see his lip is popped out a bit and has fluff around the top. I added salt to the jar. I would putt him in a ten but don't want to sicken my other fish so I'm forced to keep him in the gallon jar till treated.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:47 AM   #2 
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If the fuzzies is caused by columnaris then you need to treat it with Furan 2, Kannaplex or a combo of maracyn and maracyn2. Furan 2 would be the best as kannaplex usually has to be ordered online BUT Maracyn and Maracyn 2 are probably the easiest to find.

If it is a fungus then API fungus cure or one drop per gallon of quick cure should work. Quick Cure is sold as a med for Ick but it also works on fungus, costs about $3 and can be found at walmart BUT the main ingredient is malachite green which is a pretty potent med.

I cant tell from the pic which it is. Any other sympthoms?
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #3 
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I really hope that's just your picture posted sideways and not how the Betta is actually swimming D: Are you able to answer the questions posted in the thread linked below? They might help in better understanding your situation.

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

Edit: It looks like he has very mild fin rot, but it's hard to tell.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:51 AM   #4 
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Judginf by the writting on the jar, the picture is upside down
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #5 
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Ok well the pic is sideways. He is scared of male bettas. But flares up at my female. Like I said he is in a gallon jar. Inheated but the temp is around 78-80. 90% water changes every 2-3 days. And he doesn't eat as I'm guessing he can't eat due to this. He is skinny, colours lightly faded in the body. Skittish. And he swims around like my other bettas which are healthy.
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He does not have fin rot. It is just the way his fins are. When he flares they are fine.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:00 AM   #7 
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Actually he does have fin rot.

To treat columnaris I sgugest 1-2 week treatment with Kanaplex, Triple Sulfa or Maracyn 1 and 2 in combo. Furan 2 can also be combined with Kanaplex but I wouldn't start with Furan 2 alone as it's not as likely to help

However, both columnaris and fin rot are usually from chronically poor water conditions so more info is needed: Unless the other potentially causes are addressed your fish can't recover. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #8 
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Also the scales right behind his head, and above his eyes are sticking up like dropsy but it's only in that one place.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:03 AM   #9 
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I just bought him yesterday. But not sure on my parameters
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #10 
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How are you keeping it so hot without a heater? The bowl temp will be several degrees below room temp and a glass in tank thermometer is needed.. make sure it stays under 80F as columnaris responds to higher temperatures, especially over 80F so you don't want to jump start the infection before you have a chance to treat it.

Water change will need to be at least 100% every other day. Don't let it go more than 48 hours without a change as you could have as much as .25ppm ammonia built up by this time.

Move him away from the other fish.. don't let him see them. The stress will weaken his immune system and may even kill him in this weakened state.

Do water changes like this to avoid shock:

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The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.
I would add epsom salt - 100% pure magnesium sulfate. It needs the ingredients label checked with no additives of any kind - it should be white and it should not smell. Predissolve 1 tsp per gallon in separate cup/container and add slowly over an hour to the 1 g QT. Once he is acclimated you dont' need to re acclimate every time you do a water change. Replace the salts only along with your water change. Leave him in this for 2 weeks along with the water changes every 48 hours.

I would also use Kanaplex, Triple Sulfa or Maracyn 1 and 2 in combo for 1-2 weeks. It will need to be wet diluted, so once you find the med(s) let us know and we can help with how to do that properly.
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