Wow. Totally forgot something I saw when I was first transferring the betta and researched it today. I think he has camallanus worms. I only saw one, and really wasn't even sure it was a worm, but now that i looked into I think that's definitely what it was. I have never seen any signs of callamanus before, and don't see anything like it on any of my neon's in the community tank.
It was only one long worm protruding from the betta's anus, not the "paintbrush" thing some people see. I just kind of hoped it was poop and was distracted by the gaping hole forming in his side. When I put him in the quarantine tank I immediately treated with some General Cure and Aquarium Salt in the hopes that would ward off some bacteria from the wound. Would it be possible this dose could have killed the worm? I haven't seen any sign of it since then, just remembered to google it today.
I read that these worms can be devastating to a tank and the the fish. When a worm is attached to the intestines it can cause injuries and bacteria buildup. Could this be what the tumor is? Just a buildup of infested tissue? That didn't actually affect his system enough to kill him already? I have no idea how that works, but it seems a viable answer. Also, the tumor has been growing for around 4 months though, could the worms have been in there for that long without me seeing anything on him or any other fish? I haven't added any new fish for around a year, but I did get two new snails over the summer, could they have carried larve? Or could it be a different type of worm than callamanus since it isn't really spreading around, I haven't seen any signs of all the babies sticking out of any of the fish, and the betta definitely hasn't had any other symptoms like not being able to poop, looking skinny and malnourished, etc? The one worm did look nearly identical to the ones on the finger in the first picture here: Camallanus Treatment - Use of Levamisole HCl
Ugh I'm so frustrated that I haven't seen any signs of this worm until now. Sakura, I read a thread where you had an infestation of them. How did that turn out? What medication ended up working?
Maybe I should start a new thread on the worms. It seems like it will definitely be a miracle if the little guy pulls through, his color is worse today, and his breathing seems difficult, more scales/dead tissue is falling off, BUT he stills wants food. Oh! I also haven't seen any poops since he has been in the new tank, which I'm guessing could be the worm but also could just be him struggling in general.
Any advice with this new info? Because he's hanging on by a thread, I'm guessing I should just keep focusing on the possibility of healing the open sore (has anyone actually seen this happen? this big of a booboo healing back up completely?), treating for bacteria, and then if he pulls through, dealing with the possible worm situation, which I'm sure will be a nightmare if it is all over the community tank since I have african dwarf frogs, snails, and shrimp. When/if the time comes,I may have access to some good deworming medications through the wildlife rehab place I volunteer for, we'll see.
I felt like there wasn't really enough time to order Kanaplex, so I just got some erythromycin from the pet store. I read on the erythromycin and tetracyclin boxes about open red sores, which can also have gray/dark spot type symptoms from narcotic tissue. I wasn't able to find any more information about this kind of symptom online related to open red sores though. Should I have gotten maracyn, maracyn 2, or tetracycline instead? Should I use multiple at once? I guess I can at least order some Kanaplex now and hope he lasts long enough to use the more effective medicine.
Right now he's got the erythomycin, stess coat, and aquarium salt in his water.
Should I fast him for the constipation or try some pea? Seeing him eat is the only reassuring thing I got, and he still seems super happy to get fed, so I'd rather not fast him. Is pea pretty gentle on their system? Certainly not any worse than being constipated is I guess?
Aw my poor baby. This is so crazy, and actually really interesting from a scientific/educational aspect, but definitely just sad at the moment.
And here's a pic update for anyone who's interested: