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Fish TB? Very scared!!

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I thought my fish just had ammonia poisoning, but i'm worried something more might be going on. She has a crooked back, but she might have had it since she was a fry because I've seen her back go crooked a few times over the past few months, without any other symptoms.

I first started noticing symptoms of ammonia poisoning a few days ago. The first day, I noticed clamping, the second day I noticed very bent spine and gasping. Has to work a lot to swim down for some reason as well. Now, she stays at the top, really energetic and follows my finger around the tank, but she lays on her side a lot at the top of the tank. So I don't know exactly if she is lethargic or not. Have not fed her since I noticed these symptoms. A few of her blue scales look like they have been "chipping" off, but no sores or lesions that TB should cause. (I think?)

You can see my previous post for more info here

I do NOT want me or my family to catch this disease if she had it, so I don't know what to do. I've read a lot about fish TB and I heard that you can catch it if you come into contact with the water with cuts or torn cuticles. We just got a puppy so what do you know! I'm all scratched up and I didn't use gloves! :-( I also used the thermometer in her tank and just rinsed it and put it into my other tanks.. Ugh I don't know what to do.


Thank you for your help and encouragement. Please pray for me, that God would comfort me and my family in this time. Thank you all!
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It would be VERY rare that a betta would have TB, unless he was exposed to a community tank that had fish with TB in it. Most serious breeders are fastidious about the health of their fish, and the fact that they jar males early on means they are not in contact with other fish.

It's those petshops which keep their bettas in community tanks, that are of more concern.

TB from a fish presents itself mostly as a skin thing initially in humans. If you got a rash or other area on your skin that presents, it would be a good thing to have it checked out. Evetually it could spread to lungs etc. But it can be treated. You just need to be vigilant.

I really don't think you have anything to worry about. He could have been born that way and it is very common for fry to sustain injuries when very small. Several of my guppies have had curved spines, in a tank I KNOW to be TB free. Newly born fry sometimes get stuck between the gravel in my tank. I will carefully remove the gravel with a bamboo skewer to free them but sometimes they do end up injuring themselves from fighting to get free.
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