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Old 04-12-2011, 08:22 AM   #1 
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Mystery Bump on Face?

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What size is your tank? Has been in a 1g QT container (just finished anti-bios for "The Fuzz" -which appears to be gone)
What temperature is your tank? low 70's (lower temps to kill "The Fuzz")
Does your tank have a filter? not in QT
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari pellets and frozen blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once every 2nd day (as per anti-bio instructions)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% (as per anti-bio instructions)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The left side of her face appears swollen and the scales appear slightly raised. There is also a small, raised brown speck near the centre of this abnormality. (see attched pictures)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? She has recently become more her active self again after recovering from "The Fuzz".
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This evening when changing her water to get rid of the last of the anti-bios from her finished treatment.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No. We have no idea what might be causing this and thus no idea how to treat it.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? "The Fuzz" though it seems to be gone now.
How old is your fish (approximately)?11 months

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Does anyone have any idea what this might be or how we can treat her? It certainly doesn't look normal.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:04 AM   #2 
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Please? If this is treatable, we would like to get on top of it ASAP.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:15 PM   #3 
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You betta is probably very stressed out. The container you keep her in seems too small and she is probably cold as well. I would suggest to put her back in her original tank, check for sharp objects, rise the temp to to at least 78degrees and do regular water changes. (make sure water is same temperature as the water in the tank to avoid shock) See how that goes. If it does not improve, you could start adding salt.
Is she still eating?
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:37 PM   #4 
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One of my bettas has a bump like that on his head. There isn't much you can do, but so far it doesn't seem to have any ill effects.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:47 PM   #5 
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Yes, she still eats a great deal and gives you a very sad face when you tell her she's had enough.

The container in the pic was only a temporary place while we were doing the water change. It was a lot easier trying to get the picture with her in there than when she has her full area to swim around since she is extremely active.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:27 AM   #6 
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Getting Worse

Hecate is still acting like her normal self -swimming about, begging for pellets, flirting with the nearby males- but the bump on her face seems to be getting worse. Whatever is underneath her scales is sticking out further and we are getting worried about her.

Does anyone have any idea what this is and how we can treat it?? Is it a parasite? Some kind of fungus?

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:09 PM   #7 
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Housing
What size is your tank? Has been in a 1g QT container (just finished anti-bios for "The Fuzz" -which appears to be gone)
What temperature is your tank? low 70's (lower temps to kill "The Fuzz")
Raise back up to 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? not in QT
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari pellets and frozen blood worms
Hikari isn't good for them anymore… switch to something like Omega One or New Life Spectrum
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once every 2nd day (as per anti-bio instructions)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% (as per anti-bio instructions)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The left side of her face appears swollen and the scales appear slightly raised. There is also a small, raised brown speck near the centre of this abnormality. (see attched pictures)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? She has recently become more her active self again after recovering from "The Fuzz".
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This evening when changing her water to get rid of the last of the anti-bios from her finished treatment.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No. We have no idea what might be causing this and thus no idea how to treat it.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? "The Fuzz" though it seems to be gone now.
How old is your fish (approximately)?11 months



Does anyone have any idea what this might be or how we can treat her? It certainly doesn't look normal.
From what I can tell she has fin rot. Give her an aquarium salt treatment in quarantine for ten days. Do daily 100% water changes with one tsp of salt per gallon. Keep temps 76-78.

What was the water change schedule in the original tank?

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Old 04-16-2011, 04:59 PM   #8 
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Her fins always have that black edging. It's just her colour. It's not a very good picture, but if you look at her swimming around in her QT bowl her fins are nice and full and not ragged at all. It's the thing on her face we're worried about. We tried putting her in aquarium salt when we first noticed the bump hoping it would help that, but it only seems to have gotten larger and more freaky looking.
In her regular tank we change her water about every 2 days.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:28 PM   #9 
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O.e That thing coming out of her face in the second batch of pics... it looks like... a worm or something D:

I would try Maracyn... I haven't used it, but I believe a few members on here have had success when using it for parasites. If that's what it is :S I'm sorry I couldn't be of further help.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:28 PM   #10 
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Google lymphocystis and see what you think. Typically it's described as snotty growths that appear and fall off. It's a virus that's not treatable but it CAN go into remission.
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