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Old 05-25-2013, 12:34 PM   #1 
SnazzyManatee
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New to this

So I've inherited a betta from a friend who didn't want it...
I had saltwater tanks for years before going to grad school, but never freshwater...
in short, I'm new to this and don't have any experience with bettas.

as you request...here are the answers:

Housing
What size is your tank? 3 gal...
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? yeah, from amazon "AZOO Mignon Filter 60"
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? basic pellet food
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5x/week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1/2 gal biweekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/6th
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? none yet

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
nope

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? see pictures, left gil
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he's less active when he isn't being watched; still comes to the front for attention and to eat.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 week, behavioral change...36hrs physical change
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Nope...looking for advice
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? owned by someone else 1yr

SO when i got this little guy two months ago he was in a little tiny fish bowl...i've since upgraded him to a half decent tank with a light, heater, filter (adjusted to low flow) with a crappy fake plant and a little cave for him to hang in.
I noticed this brown growth (see image) a few weeks ago but figured it was the tank settling in and would cycle itself though (i know its too small to really cycle, but whatever)
The fish's behavior changed a little, he just started hanging out near the heater when we weren't sitting near the tank and he used to be much more active.
When I went to feed him yesterday I noticed something...don't know if its an injury or if its a growth of some kind and I'm looking for guidance before I treat.

Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #2 
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Well, for one, it looks like he's got velvet, although he's not exhibiting the behavioral symptoms. No idea about his gill, though; looks like it's stuck in a flare. One of the more experienced users might be able to help with that, though.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #3 
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Thanks for the response, maybe someone will chime in about his gill but I appreciate the input.
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