This how it started, a tiny sliver of iridescent blue:
I have treat him with AQ salt and it never helped.
Since he has always been in a good mood, everyone said that it is probably a non-issue.
Then he had a bout of tail biting and the tiny sliver grew back black, with iridescent blue.
Over the past few weeks the black has been increasing and the tail has been getting shorter.
I did a 10 day salt treatment with no effect.
The fish store help told me if he is not lethargic and eating and acting normal, it is fungus, so I got some fungus medication and put him in a hospital tank.
Day 5 he had swim bladder problems so I discontinued treatment.
Got back on line and found that I can treat both possibilities of fungus and fin rot, at this point too severe to treat with salt, so I got maracyn 2 and API fungus Cure.
I just finished the first 5 days of treatment with both medications and there is no change.
He has however showing swim bladder problems again so I discontinued the fungus medication, but keeping the antibiotic for now (the instructions says I should use it 5 days, and if not improved, an additional 5 days).
I d daily water changes, 100% and I did add a mild bubbler (which he LOVED at first) because the medication strips the oxygen from the water and makes it harder for him to breathe.
He is now lethargic, he does want to eat though I am fasting him for a day for the swim bladder to return to normal.
I noticed a reddish spot above his one of his gills, looks like some kind of sore. This is worrying me very much, though it is tiny.
I am fairly convinced this is not fin rot, nor is it fungus. Is it possibly some kind of tumor?
Any help will be much appreciated.
I am posting a photo of his tail now and the sore on his head now.