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Old 09-19-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 
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Light patch on anal fin. Help?

Housing
What size is your tank? 20g
What temperature is your tank? 82f
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? 8 female bettas, shrimps and snails

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One pellets, bloodworms occasionally
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, 6 days a week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? When needed. Cycle recently crashed, so more WCs have been needed.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
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: 5
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Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Light blue area on fin.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, loss of appetite, sits in one spot
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, just removed her today when I noticed the color change on her anal fin
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, I got her a few months ago and she came to me full grown.

A week ago I noticed she was acting strange, she would stay in one spot, was barely eating, not competing for food like she normally does, etc. After that went on for two days, I isolated her in a breeder box in the tank. She seemed okay, no visual signs of distress or illness, so after 48 hours I put her back into the tank. She had still been acting strange, sitting in one spot on top of an amazon sword leaf. She would come over during feeding time, but go right back to her spot after eating.

This morning, she was still on her leaf, and I was going to take a pic of her and post here about her "depression" and I noticed a light blue patch on her anal fin, so I promptly removed her.

I'm worried about her, but I'm also now worried about the other 7 fish that are currently in with her. (One female has been out for a month due to breeding)

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Old 09-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #2 
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I'm afraid it might be the beginning of this:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=90086
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #3 
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I don't think it's the beginning of that... Usually the spots are graphite gray, and it progresses within 48 hours. I would keep her quarantined regardless, though.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #4 
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*sigh* I hope this isn't the end of my sorority.... :(
No one else is acting strange...yet. I guess only time will tell...
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #5 
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You posted this approxamatly eight hours ago... Has it progressed at all since then?
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #6 
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+1 on Matt's reply.

In "graphite disease," the fin tips turn gray/black due to necrosis (tissue death), and it quickly spreads up the fins to the body. The fish usually dies in 48 hrs or less.

Your fish though, doesn't look like she has any sort of necrosis. I'm not sure what 'light blue' indicates, but as Matt recommended, I would QT her.

Do frequent water changes to keep pathogen and toxin levels low. Also, keep an eye on your tank. If anyone else develops the same symptoms, I would QT him/her too, and start treating. But for now, I would just QT this girl and monitor her....
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:45 PM   #7 
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It has not spread at all, it looks exactly the same. She's still slow and depressed. She's in a 1 gal tank in my kitchen so I can keep a close eye on her.

I've just examined all of my girls closely with a flashlight so I could see better, and I don't see anything off with any of them, no strange loner behavior either.

And now that I think about it, I did actually have a fish die last week. That fish acted strange, just like this one is, she hung out in a corner, stopped eating....and then was dead two days later. She was deformed, so I assumed that was why she died. She didn't have any strange colors on her like this girl does though. And this girl has been acting strange for a week. That one was only two days before she died.
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That's a really good sighn. With the "graphite disease" you can watch it spread over the course of the day, usually.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #9 
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Well, as of today, she is back to her normal royal blue color again, the light patch hasn't progressed and she is acting somewhat normal. She hungrily gobbled up food and is swimming around. I dunno what's going on with her!

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I know it's been a while, but I'm curious. What ever happened to this female? Did she return to the sorority?
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