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Old 08-11-2014, 04:50 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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Originally Posted by Mel Huffman View Post
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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Thank you

Hey Sakura8, thanks for letting us know that is really freaky.
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