Yeah, even I need help sometimes :-/
What size is your tank? Normally the 33 gallon sorority, right now a 1 gallon QT.
What temperature is your tank? Normally 78-79, in QT is 80
Does your tank have a filter? Sorority does (1 Whisper EX45 another AquaClear 30), QT does not.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? 33 has an airstone, QT does not.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 33 gallon sorority with 12 other Betta girls and 3 German Blue Rams
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily
How often do you perform a water change? Sorority weekly, QT daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Sorority 30%, QT 95-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Stress Coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: N/A presumably soft from driftwood
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Anal fin deteriorating, splotches on body becoming discolored.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all, today she's a little more clamped but she's the happiest, snarkiest sick fish I've ever encountered!
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A long time ago and she's been in an out of QT since then but it started to get really bad about three weeks ago and she's been in QT since then.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? First started with just AQ salt to give it a try since I didn't really know what was going on yet. Started with 1 tsp/gal then 2, and finally 3/gal. Nothing. So tried Furan-2 thinking it was a strain of columnaris, 5 day treatment and she just got worse. Tried one day of MelaFix; reduced dosage; clamped up hard. Another day of just clean water, happy as can be. Started KanaPlex today.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Extensive, I bought her ill with Body Slime Infection and then velvet which was caught early and was treated successfully within a week. Never showed up again, got Ich with the rest of the sorority, treated successfully. And then the body slime thing started again.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Approximately around 5-7 months old
So I've had some major issues with this girl and she doesn't seem to be getting any better. I need opinions and hopefully some second diagnoses because I can't figure this one out. I thought it was Columnaris but apparently not. Furan-2 did absolutely nothing for it and she just got worse. Rembrandt and now Raven both have it, it starts on their nose around a face vent and expands from there. I did a course of MelaFix last night and it seemed to really help Raven but she was not looking to good but perked up once I put her in some clean water. Same happened with Rembrandt although he's still just sort of chilling out in his 3 gallon QT heated tank. I just did a water change on everyone in QT.
Also one of my new girls; the orange fancy one for those who follow my log, died today with absolutely no sign of illness at all. Yesterday she was a bit clamped but was happy to see me home, tested water today and nothing was off; a bit of ammonia but that's to be expected in the cups. She was completely colored up when she died and no signs of burns at all. Nothing was ever used on her except sorority water with Stress Coat for conditioner. So I have no idea what the heck was wrong with her and I'm very angry that I can't figure any of this out :-/
I started a KanaPlex treatment for Rembrandt and Matisse today, Raven is just in clean water since she was taking anything so I said heck with it, she's not as bad anyway.
Here's a sequence of pictures from just about a month ago when it really started, spacing them apart or together so you can tell which ones were from the same day.
A few days ago:
3 day's ago
2 day's ago: