Originally Posted by DarkMoon17
I can't say I've seen those white patches get that severe before, maybe OFL has? I've only seen small ones that don't seem to bother the fish any (like how you described them when they first appeared). It looks like it has spread across his eyes and possibly blinded him.
He doesn't look like he can handle medication. Treat with 2tsp/gal Aquarium Salt and daily 100% water changes. Continue using betta spa.
What fungus medication did you use?
Thanks so much for the reply! I talked to OFL on PM, and she said, like you, to treat with salt and tannins (the natural way that I try to normally stick to). She didn't say what she thought it was, but implied it's bad and very advanced....
Another fish expert I know said he was almost sure it was columnaris, but I thought that stuff acted quick and appeared like a fungus, although not a fungus. There is no fuzz on this betta at all. The patches look like they are almost chalky.
Actually, this picture was taken just after he was medicated! He progressed so bad that there was no time to treat him. He was fine the week before when my tank cleaner went in (she said she only noticed the frayed fins a bit, but noted the parameters were fine). My daily feeder was the one to tell me....so this actually all happened within no more than 3-4 days! Other than the original patches of course! So very strange....
As for the fungus meds I used....I went with the maracyn....tried both normal and maracyn 2. I think I tried more than a couple of things but those patches never went away and he seemed fine. Had them for months.
Right now, he is sitting in very slightly salted water with betta spa and betta revive. I will tell them to up the salt and betta spa....and to change the water daily.
My poor guy. Is is possible that he is just old? I got him over a year ago from Thailand, but I wonder if the breeder lied about his age. I've heard people talking about that, so I really don't know, and I can't really see it....
I can tell you one thing, I've had it with Thailand fish! Fickle Thailand males....they break my heart repeatedly!
Oh....and apparently he is swimming around. Slow of course, but like you said, he could be blind. Normally when a fish looks this bad, they are not swimming nor eating. I'm so confused!!!!
Thanks once again for your input, I will of course report back!