So for a few months, my betta has had a bump in the same place on his head. The strange part is, whenever I used to treat it with aquarium salt, it would disappear, then come back in a few days. Now it's getting bigger, and not disappearing at all.
I've tried aquarium salt, epsom salt baths, and upping my water changes/trying to improve my water quality, but nothing seems to work. I've even tried adding extra stress coat, and nothing helps.
The bump is right where his operculum/gill cover attaches to the top of his head, and when he flares it seems to almost be on the membrane that attaches the gill to his head.
It looks like a small pump knot, like someone hit him in the head, and it has a lighter coloring to it than the rest of his scales. I've posted about this knot before, but it hasn't been getting better, so I'm worried.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? No
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish? Hikari betta pellets, Wardley betta pellets, occasional freeze dried bloodworm.
How often do you perform a water change? 2-3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 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?
Ammonia: Never tested my water
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Strange bump on head.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 months ago? He's had it for a long time.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1/2 tsp of aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Had ick when I first got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Maybe 6-8 months or more? He was an older one in the store.