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Old 02-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #1 
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White growth at base of tail

Housing
What size is your tank?
- 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank?
- ~80*F
Does your tank have a filter?
- Nope
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
- Nope
Is your tank heated?
- Yep
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
- None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
- HBH Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
- At least once every other day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
- Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
- All
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
- StressCoat or Dechlor

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water?
- Have not

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
- He's had the growth since late summer, when I got him, but it's grown recently.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
- He seems unaffected.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
--
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
- Have not
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
- This is the only issue he's ever had with me.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
- Not sure. Should be fully grown.

I posted about this little guy (?) a while back when we thought it might be lymphocystis. I kept the water clean with the expectation that the growth would pop within a week, but as of recently it's just gotten a bit bigger and seems to be tearing or flaking a bit on one side. Any suggestions? I've never seen anything like this before, and it doesn't seem to be bothering him, so I don't really know what to do about it.




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Old 02-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #2 
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Thats what it looks and sounds like lymphocystis-usually it will pop-ooze-heal over-get bigger-pop-ooze-heal over...repeat....and hopefully it will resolve.... since its a virus-no treatment other than prevention of a secondary infection....

You might want to improve nutrition----good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals...good nutrition is really important to help maintain and build a good immune response and healing.....

I would also add a second water change to the schedule....you are doing 100% week already-I would add a 50% water only mid week.....

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:43 PM   #3 
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I see. Previously, it was my understanding that it would pop once and then heal, which is why I posted again. I can definitely improve his diet, it's just that sometimes I forget because he's in a different part of the house from the rest of my fish so I usually just give him the pellets I keep near him rather than the variety of flakes, pellets, and frozen I do for the other guys. Thanks.
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