Two days ago, I noticed an odd "growth" under my baby betta Pearl's chin. I thought it might be a loose scale and fall off, but yesterday it hadn't.
I did a 100% water change last night and took this picture this morning. Do I need to go into concerned Mommy-mode or give it a few days?
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? between 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? frozen daphnia or live blood worms or freeze dried blood worms with the occasional smooshed pea
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
How often do you perform a water change? 1x week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? nutrafin betta plus, aquarium salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
n/a; 100% water change last night, didn't test before
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? growth under chin, hadn't noticed her sitting in S shape until the past two days (which I know relates to swim bladder; ugh!)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? staying near top more often, she usually swims around her whole tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? water change, added aquarium salt yesterday after water change and today
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no, I've only had her two months after my other baby betta died
How old is your fish (approximately)? Probably less than a year, was being sold at PetCo as a "baby betta" and have had her for 2 months.
My last "baby betta" Cosmo was always sickly and I searched these forums to nurse him back to health for the many months we had him. Never posted before, but hoping I can catch this girl (we assume) before she gets too bad.