I know there are similar stories out there (have been reading and reading), but I could use advice to settle on a course of treatment for my betta female, Sophie.
Sunday night I noticed a lump on her side. I thought maybe at first she might have been constipated, so I gave her a cooked, mashed pea and fasted her, and it looks like she can go to the bathroom ok, but the lump keeps growing. I added daily epsom salt baths, but no improvement I can see.
My house got really cold the other day and the tanks heater had a challenge. The water went to 76 degrees (normally it is around 78-80). The only other recent change is that the Jave ferns are growing really well - could they have any negative impact on the water quality?
You can see photos here: http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb261/hfdaz/lump2.jpg
I am feeding her Hikari Bio Gold pellets (since they have garlic), but I usually rotate in occasional frozen shrimp or blood worms for variety. Other than the lump she is peppy, hungry, and I see nothing on her exterior at all. All my medicines say they are for external conditions - what do I do?
Here's what I have for medicine options in my house:
De-Los (which I was told is super strong against parasites)
Melafix (I hear that's kind of best for outside issues?)
Rid fungus herbal formula
Aquarium & Epsom salt.
I wanted to make sure I had a medicine cabinet in case my fish get sick.
I have one baby tank for use inside the main tank, and a 1 gallon hospital tank, currently occupied with a danio that took a little nip from another danio (healing nicely). The main tank also has dwarf frogs and snails.
15 gallon tank (divided, with filters & heater)
Water quality according to the easy strip - no nitrates (or near 0), 0 nitrite, 25 hardness, 0 chlorine, 80/moderate alkalinity, neutral pH. No ammonia with ammonia test.
If you were in my place, what actions would you take? I'm baffled, and wish I had something to give her for her insides! Hope someone can help quick!