Hi everyone- I’ve been researching like crazy and came across this forum. I haven’t been able to find anything similar to what’s going on with my betta so I decided I’d post and hope for any luck. About 3 weeks ago my female betta, koi koi, started growing a lump on her tail. I started doing more frequent water changes and monitoring it but it’s only gotten bigger.
About two weeks ago I put her in a quarantine tank and dosed her with bettafix for a week but it didn’t do anything. I did a 100% water change, let her rest for 3 days, and then tried berra revive. It’s been 4 days with no luck and she seems to be getting stressed so i moved her back into her original tank (she’s the only one in there so I don’t have to worry about anything spreading).
The lump has only gotten bigger and is turning black. I’m not sure if this is a tumor or a cyst or what. She’s lost a lot of her energy as well and is starting to swim as though her tail is weighing her down. I’ve been checking ammonia levels daily, and have been dosing the tank with seed bacteria as well. I was doing 25% water changes every day in her quarantine tank but I’m not sure what to do in her normal 10 gal one. I’m really worried at this point and have no clue what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
How many gallons is your tank? 10
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No
What food brand do you use? Fluval Bug Bites
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? 2-4 pellets a day
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? every 2 weeks
What percentage of water did you change? 25%
What is the source of your water? Tap
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vacuum
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner? Prime, Seed bacteria, Aquarium salt
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.
Ammonia: 0 based on Ammonia strips
Hardness (GH): 0
Alkalinity (KH): 0
Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? 3 weeks ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? Cyst on tail, loss of coloring
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? Doesn’t swim around as much, tired
Is your Betta still eating? yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Bettafix and Revive
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? Year and a half
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? No