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Old 04-09-2013, 10:40 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Need advice for treatment (photos included)

Shaka isn't looking good... most of his tail fin fell off the other day, after a hole developed in it. Initially, I noticed some small patches on his back (see symptoms below) and what I thought was a scale falling off of the side of his head.. Put him in hospital tank with aquarium salt, but then his fin rot started getting severe and columnaris crossed my mind, so I started treatment with Maracyn 2.

I'm not experienced with betta diseases so I'd really like another opinion on what I should do/what this is. Thank you. I have attatched photos. You can visibly see how severe his tail rot is, as well as the white spot on the side of his head (first image). Please help.

Housing

What size is your tank?
He is currently is a 2.5 gallon hospital tank, but normally lives in a 10 gallon divided

What temperature is your tank?
77 F

Does your tank have a filter?
10 gallon does, hospital tank does not

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?
Shares divided 10 gallon with other male betta

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Aqueon betta pellets, frozen brine shrimp and frozen bloodworms

How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
Hospital tank it changed 100% daily, but 10 gallon was changed 75% weekly

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
See above

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Water conditioner



Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Part (most) of his tail fin has fallen off. He has a white spot on the side of his head. He had some lesions along his spine (looked like scales were scraped off) that are barely visible since treatment.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It has not changed. He is still eagerly eating/flaring/swimming

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
4 days ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Hospital tank, 100% changed daily, Maracyn 2

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Has had fin rot since I got him 6 months ago, never has responded to aquarium salt. It got severe one other time, so I treated with Maracyn 2 and it healed.

How old is your fish (approximately)?
At least 7 months



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oh the poor guy! It hurts to look at him

I don't have much advice except try to bump the temps to 80-82 and keep it there. Maybe the bacteria that caused his original problem is still in him?

The Maracyn 2 box says you can repeat the 5 day treatment once if needed, so maybe treat him a full 10 days?
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oh the poor guy! It hurts to look at him

I don't have much advice except try to bump the temps to 80-82 and keep it there. Maybe the bacteria that caused his original problem is still in him?

The Maracyn 2 box says you can repeat the 5 day treatment once if needed, so maybe treat him a full 10 days?
Oh I know! I feel so bad for him! But he's still acting normal which is good.

Thanks for your advice! I'll continue the Maracyn 2 treatment and try to get the temperature up.. I'm just a bit conflicted because if he does have columnaris, increased heat will allow the bacteria to thrive..

I'm also wondering, should I add anything else? I have some Maracyn Oxy on hand and I'm pretty sure Maracyn products can be used together...

Ah! I just want to get the little guy better!
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