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Old 06-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #1 
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Question 3 mm thread potruding from Betta's head

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? Omega One Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 x per day (2 - 3 pellets each time)

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 2 x per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50 %
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 6.0 - 6.5
Hardness: Don't Know
Alkalinity: Don't Know

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? My betta has a little tiny thread looking thing protruding from his head right on top kind of between the eyes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months

Hi there, this forum has been a godsend for me in the past with Betta's so I wanted to check here again. I tried to take a picture but the thread is so small that I can't get it on camera. I've attached some pictures that show the rest of his body so you can point out if he has other symptoms that I can't see.

He's a very active little guy that we got about two months ago. At first we thought HE was a SHE but then now I think he's a HE. He's very active and I love him very much. He tends to get spooked easily when I change the water but I think that's common. Right now, I just changed about 75% of the water as I've heard pristine, warm water is good for any condition.

He has a little thread looking thing that is protruding from the middle of the top of his head. It's super tiny but it's new - I never noticed it before.

What kind of treatment do you recommend?





I drew a picture of what the thread looks like -

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #2 
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That's a he alright.

Does it appear to be something stuck on him (like a small hair fell into the tank), or actually like it's coming out of him?
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:02 PM   #3 
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I just took a look again and it seems to be gone, but, I can see almost a little dimple from where it was. Do you think it was just nothing? Should I just see how he is before any treatment?

The pet store sold "him" to us as a girl and had him with a bunch of other fish. He was a lot smaller than so maybe that's why he didn't fight? He was also very brownish. After about a week in this tank, he changed to this beautiful blueish/redish color.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:23 PM   #4 
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Mine had one burrowed into his chin. It would come in and out. I treated with a round of General Cure and it's been gone since.
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