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Old 08-11-2014, 05:50 PM   #531 
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spaceyJC -

I don't see the "today" photo. However, it sounds like he may have a bacterial infection.

In the "healthy" photo, his caudal (tail) fin looks a bit ragged and dark. This can indicate fin rot.

How large is the tank, and how often do you change the water?

I would start by doing a series of large, partial water changes. This will remove any ammonia, toxins and bacteria in the water.

Then, I would try using a gram-negative antibiotic. My choice for fin issues is the furan group, which includes any of these meds: API Furan 2, Hikari Bifuran, or Jungle Fungus Clear.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:11 PM   #532 
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A few other questions:
1.) Has anyone performed a Fite's stain, Ziehl-Neelsen stain, or Kinyoun stain on scale scrapings, lung scrapings, or fin scrapings?
2.) If found as mycobacterium, the insertion of mycobacteriophage that is both harmless to humans and fish could be a natural way to induce death to mycobacteria without introduction of harmful antibiotics that could create resistant myco-mutation.
3.) Also, if you're interested on myco and water qual, you can view the following on a prelim water study focused on myco: http://aem.asm.org/content/71/10/5719.full
Mel -

Yes, the disease was positively identified as Myco by both Basement Bettas and Coppermoon. (They sent fish out for laboratory analysis.) They're both well-known breeders, so they may be interested in your treatment protocols.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:42 PM   #533 
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Thank you

Hey Sakura8, thanks for letting us know that is really freaky.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:39 AM   #534 
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My betta is sick

Hi guys,

Can you please tell me what is wrong with my fish and how I can treat it...thanks in advance
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:08 AM   #535 
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Hi guys,

Can you please tell me what is wrong with my fish and how I can treat it...thanks in advance

We need more information. What is it you are worried about? Please fill in the questionaire in the sticky.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:01 PM   #536 
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My Betta is sick

Sorry,

My fish has a large infection, as pictured (under his eye), that seems to be rotting the 'skin'. I have only had him for 2 weeks. He is in a small unfiltered tank (I have successfully had other betta's in there before). He has become lethargic, loss of appetite and constantly hiding. Occasionally he swims around, however remains close to the top of the water level.
I'm not sure which questionnaire you are talking about, please direct me to the page...

Thanks again
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:16 PM   #537 
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Means this questionnaire:

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 08-25-2014, 11:25 PM   #538 
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*Tank is about 2L
*Tank is kept at room temperature
*Tank has no filtration or air stone
*Tank is not heated
*My betta is alone in the tank

*I feed him around 2 pellets twice a day (although not of late, because of sickness)

*I change water at least twice a week. Once at 75% change then 100%. The only thing I add is conditioner

*I have not tested the water.

*I started noticing differences about a week ago. Thought maybe it might be because of the cold weather. It has heated up slightly, but noticed this fungal type infection just below the eye. He has began to stop swimming around, stopped eating and constantly hiding. He rests very close to the top of the water level (appears dead) for most of the day.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:30 PM   #539 
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I don't mean to sound mean or anything but as a lot of the people on this forum will tell you, That tank is WAY too small, especially unfiltered. I'm new to this whole thing myself but even I know that. Also bettas NEED a heater. Room temp is never enough. Temp must be kept between 77 and 80 Fahrenheit (25-27 celsius) (off the top of my head)

That could be the problem to begin with, though I've never seen that before. They don't even look that well if they didn't have the infection there. But as to what it is, I don't know. Maybe someone else has something?
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Ok thanks heaps
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