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Old 02-01-2014, 03:39 PM   #1 
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Swollen area behind gill. Someone please help

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Housing
What size is your tank? 5.5 Gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 F
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 or 3 pellets 2x a day, one 24 hour fast a week

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%, and a large change once a month
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime

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

Not tested

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Swollen area behind one gill, white spots on the swollen area.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Become noticeably lethargic in the last week or so
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Initially, November (see thread) again January 9 (2nd thread.)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? none
How old is your fish (approximately)? around a year old, I guess
Here's some new pictures. The first is from yesterday, the 2nd close up one is from today.

As you can see, that white spot has appeared in 1 day. It looks like it could be an ulcer? I'd like to know what it is so I can treat him. Every disease picture I look at online doesn't look like what I see on Merle. On the last thread, someone said it was ich, but it doesn't seem like ich to me.

I'm really worried about him, he's gotten lethargic lately.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:24 PM   #2 
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While you research this, do a 50% water change every other day or couple days and see if he improves. I still do partial changes if mine is responding in a stressful manner even when my water tests perfect. It will give fresh oxygen to the water.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:12 PM   #3 
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I'll probably up his water changes to twice a week. Here is a new picture from today, that spot looks bigger. I just don't know, is it bacterial or what? I'm so worried about him.

His appetite is still fine and his color still looks good, so I'm just clueless here.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:05 PM   #4 
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It almost looks like a wound that is healing? Maybe try and google the symptoms so you can find out what exactly it is and the treatment. Poor little fella
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #5 
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He is gorgeous. You said he is about a year old. How long you have him?
Not sure what it is . I thought it could be a lymphocytes but i am not sure.
You ordered Kanaplex , it the best medications but if it a some kind of lympho or some kind of cyst it will not help. I think its a good idea to try though.
I would also do more water changes for now. And don't forget clean the filter media/cartridge/foam/pad so that dirt does not block the water flow that feeds the cycle bacteria.
When you will treat with Kanaplex and remove the filter media you can definitely do more water changes and just redose new water with required amount of medications
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:18 PM   #6 
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Hey how is he doing?
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:38 PM   #7 
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Hey, thanks for asking. I've had him about 9 months now.

Today was his second dose of Kanaplex. He also got a 50% water change before the dose. He seems like he might be slightly perkier than yesterday.

I'd diagnosed this as an ulcer. That white spot rimmed in red got a good deal bigger, but the swelling seems to have gone down there. His color is still great and his appetite is the same as always, so I'm taking that as a good sign.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #8 
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hmm i just google bunch of pictures with ulcer and it kind of look completely different.
I would think more of lymphocytes which is virus and usually you can't treat it. It is can get infected though.
Picture of betta with lymphocytes

https://www.google.com/search?q=bett...tm%3B300%3B212
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