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Old 06-18-2011, 10:06 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Obama is sick :(

My betta fish, Obama, has a huge hole in his head! I've tried doing all sorts of treatments, mainly fungus type medications. Nothing has worked! The hole keeps getting bigger and bigger. I've been dealing with this for over a month, but he has stopped eating the last three day. Luckily he has lots of energy still, but I'm clueless as to what my next step should be.
I should also mention he's about three years old.
I'll try posting a better image later....
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:15 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum, thekoalakeeper. Looks to be hole-in-the-head disease. I didn't think bettas got this (it's almost always cichlids who are prone to this) so his age may be playing a part in it. Hole-in-the-head disease or hexamitiasis, is caused by a parasite. Jungle Labs has a medication specifically for this, Hole N Head Guard. Also, there are anti-parasite medicated pellets but if he won't eat, you may want to try a liquid med. Also could try Tretra Parasite Guard. Remove the carbon/charcoal in your filter first.

In that picture, there looks like there's a big bubble over his right eye? Does he get bubbles on his body a lot?
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:23 PM   #3 
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is there a cloudy white film/patch over the wound at all? IMO, it looks like it could be columnaris

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Old 06-18-2011, 10:26 PM   #4 
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is there a cloudy white film/patch over the wound at all? IMO, it looks like it could be columnaris

also, it would help if you answered this
You probably know better than me. I did think it was weird for a betta to get hold-in-head disease. Does columnaris leave big holes, though?
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:32 PM   #5 
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Columnaris is also known as cotton mouth, which is where the mouth basically rots away very quickly and the infection spreads... though can appear on other parts of the body though and it can leave big sores, or holes like that. :(
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:35 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the fast response. I have heard of hole-in-the-head disease. My Oscars use to get it, but I've never heard of bettas getting it.
I'll try the the Parasite Guard. The bubble over the eye is his cornea which seems to have become swollen.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:39 PM   #7 
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The wound isn't white. The camera flash washed out the color. It looks fleshy.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #8 
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Thanks for the fast response. I have heard of hole-in-the-head disease. My Oscars use to get it, but I've never heard of bettas getting it.
I'll try the the Parasite Guard. The bubble over the eye is his cornea which seems to have become swollen.
JKFish, what treats columnaris? Maracyn or Maracyn 2?

thekoalakeeper, you can get Parasite Guard to keep on hand but you might want to try a bacteria medication first. Oscars get hole-in-the-head disease a lot but you're right, I've never heard of a betta getting it. JKFish is almost certainly right, it's columnaris, also called cottonwool. That's a bacteria so you'll want to try a bacteria medication. Sorry for misleading you, I had no idea columnaris could leave big holes like that; I always thought it just looked like cotton so that's why I jumped to conclusions.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:29 PM   #9 
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I have a couple questions Were did you get him and how long have you had him ?
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:36 PM   #10 
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After looking at some images of bettas with columnaris on Google I can honestly say that it looks nothing like what my fish has. Respectfully.
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