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Old 05-24-2011, 07:38 AM   #1 
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Sick Betta Question

Hi All

Noticed a few days ago my betta wasnt as happy as he always is so i had a quick look.

Noticed he had some cotton wool type fungus on the side of his body, i changed the water added some 'Aquamaster' Fungus care to the water aswell as some salt, the fungus disappeared but i then noticed he has a chunk of skin/flesh missing from where the cotton wool type fungus was.

Today i noticed the 'cotton wool' looks like it is coming back again and i dont know what else i can do.

Any idea's would be appreciated, i live in a small country town in Australia so there is only one pet store about 30 minutes drive.

I should point out he is still eating, lives in a 21 litre tank and water temp is around 25/27 oC

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Chris

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:10 AM   #2 
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Hello Chris, I will ask you to do 2 things for me before I can help you.

Can you please take a photo of him for us? Also, try to answer the most as you can these questions:

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?



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Old 05-24-2011, 04:59 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the reply, will see if i can answer as much as i can.

Housing
What size is your tank? approx 21 litres
What temperature is your tank? Currently 25 oC
Does your tank have a filter? Yes foam insert type
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? 2 x Neon Tetra (get along well)

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tropical flakes and Betta pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once at night.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once every 2 weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/3
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? De-chlorinator/ammonia drops.

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Cotton wool type fungus on skin, chunk missing his side, seems to be getting bigger.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic, at the surfuce alot.

When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3/4 days ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fungus drops, salt, raising temp.

Does your fish have any history of being ill? Never

How old is your fish (approximately)?
approx 1 to 1 1/2 years old.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:04 PM   #4 
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Ok, your tank is about 6G, try moving him to something smaller.

It's possible that he is suffering from ammonia burn + illness due to poor water quality, we can know it for sure with a photo, but this is what I would do; actually is more or less a copy paste from another thread... XD

Go to a pharmacy and buy Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate) they don't sell those at pet-shops.

Do a 2tsp/G in a small aquarium/tank, if you can try a 1G or 2G tank.

Do 100% daily water change.

Continue the treatment for 7-10days,

Keep us posted and good luck with your fish =]
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:26 PM   #5 
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Thanks for the fast reply.

I have also added a picture i just took, sorry for the bad quality.

Only thing i could find was a large jar, should i be putting some gravel from the other tank into the large jar aswell??

Also you were right, i tested the ammonia, it is rather high.

Guessing each day of changing the water i add the usual dechlorinator/Ammonia drops to the water im changing because i used the tap water but even the new water after testing has ammonia.

Thankyou again for your advice.

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Old 05-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #6 
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putting gravel on the jar is fine really, that will make your betta slightly calmer, and yes, it does look like ammonia burn, do the treatment and it might get your betta back in business in no time.

And the epsom salt will treat for bacterial and fungal problems as well, so yeah =]

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Thankyou again mate,

Will keep you posted and will get some Epsom salts this morning.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:36 PM   #8 
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you're welcome, glad to help :D

Keep us updated!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:14 PM   #9 
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Off topic but that burn/fungus isnt slowing him down much, what impressive bubblenests!!! o.o
Good luck with the treatment :)
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Off topic but that burn/fungus isnt slowing him down much, what impressive bubblenests!!! o.o
Good luck with the treatment :)
He is a fighter thats for sure, loves building his bubble nests
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