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What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin Betta Bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? Morning and night - 2-3 pellets each feeding.

How often do you perform a water change? Every 2 weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.6

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is much more lethargic; no energy.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, Maracyn 1 and 2 and Tetracycline.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1.5 years.
Hi all,

Hoping you can help me. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed a strange white blob at the base of my betta's pectoral fin. He also started getting lethargic and swimming around less than before. I also noticed the eye on that side seemed to be enlarged, so I added a bit of aquarium salt and started him on a treatment of Maracyn and Maracyn Two. He didn't get any better or worse. His abdomen also seemed to be getting large, so I fasted him for 2 days and also fed him the inside of a pea. It's now been 2 weeks, and he doesn't seem to have changed. He is definitely "off", as he doesn't swim around much and generally hides in the tank. I've done a ton of reading and this doesn't seem to match up with anything. He doesn't have any pineconing, so I don't think it's Dropsy. He also doesn't seem to have any visible signs of fungus or external parasites.

Can anyone help?

Many thanks,



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