Hello all, I am a many time visitor, but first time poster. I hope that perhaps someone could provide insight as I feel like I have exhausted all options.
I'd like to introduce you to Freckles, who got his name because of these cute little black spot pigmentation on his lower fin.
About 1 months ago, I noticed that he got this strange cotton tuff on the side of his head right behind the eyes. After I moved him from a bowl to a filtered tank. It got big really fast so I transferred him back to a bowl, and treated it with Quick Fix, which seemed to dealt with the growth. However, with the tuff gone, it revealed that the scales were gone too, and it looked like a little hole, as if the flesh had been eaten away. He had trouble swimming/floating. Seemed like a struggle to get himself up for air. It didnt seem like he could see his pellet food, so i'd sink frozen bloodworms for him to eat (thawed!). Eventually started eating pellets again, though he struggles to aim his mouth properly and often misses. But still spent most of his time at the bottom of his tank.
Two days ago, I didn't see any fluff, but the hole seemed to spread around his eyes a little. Honest, if morbid description: It looked a little shredded. That side of his head seemed swollen. His eyes are still moving so I assume he can still see from it. But he no longer using the gills on that side of the head.
I don't know what to do anymore. Its been a long time, and he doesn't seem to have any improvement. I've currently put him is a salt water bath. However, I am considering euthanizing him. I hope that someone can provide advice. Either to help cure, if that is even possible now, or a humane way to end it... :(
What size is your tank? 3.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-80
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? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets and Frozen bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% or 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? dechlorinator and a little aquarium salt
Water Parameters: I haven't tested recently, and will skip this section :(
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Faded colours, faded scales, swollen side of head, with a chunk missing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, tries to eat pellet but cant seem to orient himself right to aim properly.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 months ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Pimafix, aquarium salt, Quick Fix (not all at once)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Definetely seemed to have more problems than my old fish
How old is your fish (approximately)? unsure, bought a year ago, although he seemed older than other fishies