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Old 01-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #1 
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Bleeding Sore-Help!



Hey guys!

I need some help with my Betta, Azazel. He has had this gash/sore on his face for the past week or 2. I have been treating him with E.M. Erythromycin, but it seems to have no affect. It randomly appeared one day on him and has been open ever since. His face is slightly swollen where the wound is. In the picture above, it's currently bleeding after I changed out his water. I REALLY want him to get better and have no idea what to do now, since it seems that medicine does not want to work (I also used Marcyn) I know for sure he didn't rip open his face himself, since all the decor in his tank is smooth with no sharp edges.

Housing
What size is your tank? 4 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? No One

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Blood Worms/Betta Pellets/Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 Times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week/25% Water middle of week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hole in the face
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Was not eating/loss of energy, but lately has been acting normal
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, API E.M. Erythromycin
Does your fish have any history of being ill? First time
How old is your fish (approximately)? Young
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #2 
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If it is not infected, I would stop using medication. Just keep his water very clean. Does he have anything sharp or dangerous in his tank?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #3 
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If it is not infected, I would stop using medication. Just keep his water very clean. Does he have anything sharp or dangerous in his tank?
He doesn't which I find so weird :O
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:10 AM   #4 
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You say you change 25% then 100%.. I'm confused.

He should have been getting two water changes a week - one 50% and one 100%. 100% needs a thorough rinsing of gravel and all dechor.

Check your untreated tap water for ammonia using a drops kit. Report back on actual level.

Really clean water is crucial at this point. I'd do 50% water change every day and 100% water change every 4th day at this point. Look for Seachem Kanaplex. If he didn't cut himself you have a really bad water quality issue.

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