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Old 05-12-2015, 09:17 PM   #561 
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Yes, unfortunately. Some members have reported this recently. Do a search for graphite disease on this site.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:52 AM   #562 
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Brown spot

can you please tell me what shall I do to cure this.

suddenly happened. Today he didn't eat pellets but ate the frozen worm. moving very slow today - still active & reacts
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:12 PM   #563 
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Need help. My betta fish's tale is receding and I don't know what it is .

this is my male betta. His tail is receding and I don't know what's wrong or how to treat it. Need help right away please.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:37 AM   #564 
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Has there been any progress on the cure?
Or is it still labelled incurable?
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:42 PM   #565 
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Unfortunately I've just come back from work to find my betta dead. I'd been battling with some fin rot - of which was just under control and the tail was growing back. This morning (7.30am) he displayed this graphite patchy tail, didn't eat and wasn't swimming. By the evening (6pm) he'd passed. This is the second betta I've lost to this disease now, I'm hoping that some answers start coming through!

Here's some pictures of the disease, though these were taking (perhaps hours) after death.

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Old 08-28-2015, 02:18 PM   #566 
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:35 PM   #567 
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Guys, this is Mycos. There is no cure. This can spread to humans also, so please be careful. Tanks can be bleached 50/50 for about 7 days, then wiped clean and sprayed down with 91% iso alcohol and let set for 24 to 48 hrs. They should be safe to reuse by then. When I had it, I bought hospital grade solution that kills TB (human mycobacterium) and STILL let my equipment set empty for 3 months before I got more. IF you see these signs, put the fish down. There is no saving it. I am being hard nosed about this...I've been through it. I put down close to 100 fish in 1 day because of this. I understand these are your pets. All these fish were my babies!!!...the youngest ones were 3rd and 4th generation for me. I cried for weeks after that. I felt even more horrible that I let the ones that DID show signs suffer for months before they died. This disease eats the fish alive for the most part.

PLEASE quit referring to it as "graphite disease" is Mycobacterium. It can only be diagnosed by a lab that has to take a live fish (dead fish decompose too fast) and cut it up and look under a microscope. Every picture I see posted, I see my fish and what I went through.

If daily clean water and salt for 7 days don't stop fin rot, then it probably isn't fin rot.

ADDITION: I sent a single fish with a friend as she was going through the same thing. ALL 6 fish (she sent 5 plus my 1) as positive for Mycos. I sent 5 more fish to be diagnosed by a lab in FL. I think I still have the emails from the lab. I got a phone call from the Manager of the lab and she told me it was mycos. I didn't have the strain IDed...what was the point in spending more money...still no cure.

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Old 09-16-2015, 02:24 PM   #568 
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Question What dose this look like before it gets very bad?
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:27 AM   #569 
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Unhappy Is this Fish TB/Mycos?

Hi all, I've been reading about Mycobacterium in fish (which is what Coppermoon was referring to) and now I'm terrified.
Some history:
My betta has been mostly normal aside from occasional swim fits into the rounded corners of her aquarium. This includes swimming, eating, activity, etc.

For a while now she has what looks like an indentation in her side. It could be a depression or it could be from a curved spine I'm not sure.

She lives in a 4 gallon tank treated by TopFin Betta Water Conditioner and Aquaeon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner. It has a filter and a heater, and sits with the black/opaque filter side facing a window. I haven't moderated aquarium temps before but current water parameters are as follows:
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10-20ppm (it was close between the two)

I never formally cycled it, but the values indicate that it may have cycled itself? Is that possible?

She's been in this tank for about a month now, with one 100% change about a week ago.

Since then I took the four attached pictures. Her head has become increasingly more grey with time and is grey even when she's at her most vibrant. She has perpetual faint stress stripes that developed several weeks ago. Her body has been deformed for nearly two months.

Please help me, I will respond speedily with answers to questions you may have.
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