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Looks like some really bad internal fungus...

Try treating him with aq salt and using medicaments. Read the guides on how to treat your betta for anything at diseases and emergencies section of the forums.

I am really sorry but I have no idea of what it could be... Put all your aquarium info here.

Good luck my friend, I hope your mate gets better.
 

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Is he just laying on his side? I can't really see what you are talking about.
Have you researched black spot at all? Someone should post shortly to help you thoroughly. You need to post your tank specs though. There is a sticky under the betta fish diseases and emergencies you can copy and paste it to fill it out.
I hope he gets better..
Is he eating? I see poop in the picture haha hopefully he's not too bad off yet.
 

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Pre mix AQUARIUM SALT in the 1 gall jug. Take is from the spring water or from the milk. If it from the milk you need to rinse with water.
Pre mix 2 tsp/gall and do 100% DAILY water changes for 10 days if he survive of course and give us update you might need to increase Aquarium salt to 3 tsp/gall.
I also know good medications but i think you need to do it ASAP.

Make sure water is the same temperature he is already in.

Aquarium salt have antibacterial/fungal effect.
 

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Poor boy.. was his body fully red, or was it always cambodian colored? (tan coloration with red fins?)

Don't use AQ salt until we figure this out- if it is something to do with his swim bladder, AQ salt can make it worse.

What is the temp of his home tank?
How many gallons is his home tank, as well as what is your water change schedule? (how often and the %)
Do you use water conditioner?
What is the temp of the home tank?
(I ask about the home tank as it is where it started and could be an indication of what had happened)

Other then the color change, black spot, and laying on his side, is there any other symptoms?
Can he swim right side up, or is he continuously on his side? Any gasping for air while laying down there? Any trouble swimming up for air?

Is there a way to get a picture of the black spot? Is it on his stomach, or on his gills?

Do you see any white cottony growth on him, or any milky white substance? I see around his head it looks fuzzy, but can't be sure if it is just the focus of the picture, or if he is fuzzy himself- which could indicate a fungus problem and would be treated differently. He may of lost his color due to being ill and stress- as I can't recall any particular disease that does it. Normally when they lose coloring (due to internal parasite or fungus) they go to a grey color- that one looks like a normal cambodian coloration.

Without more info, it's hard to say what exactly is going on. For now, do daily 100% water changes, floating the cup in the tank to keep it warm (78* would be what I recommend for now, as if it is a fungus attack, warmer water will make it spread faster).

If I had more time I would do some research right now, but have to go to daughter's school in a few minutes. I'll check back as soon as I am free.
 

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Poor boy.. was his body fully red, or was it always cambodian colored? (tan coloration with red fins?)

Don't use AQ salt until we figure this out- if it is something to do with his swim bladder, AQ salt can make it worse.

What is the temp of his home tank?
How many gallons is his home tank, as well as what is your water change schedule? (how often and the %)
Do you use water conditioner?
What is the temp of the home tank?
(I ask about the home tank as it is where it started and could be an indication of what had happened)

Other then the color change, black spot, and laying on his side, is there any other symptoms?
Can he swim right side up, or is he continuously on his side? Any gasping for air while laying down there? Any trouble swimming up for air?

Is there a way to get a picture of the black spot? Is it on his stomach, or on his gills?

Do you see any white cottony growth on him, or any milky white substance? I see around his head it looks fuzzy, but can't be sure if it is just the focus of the picture, or if he is fuzzy himself- which could indicate a fungus problem and would be treated differently. He may of lost his color due to being ill and stress- as I can't recall any particular disease that does it. Normally when they lose coloring (due to internal parasite or fungus) they go to a grey color- that one looks like a normal cambodian coloration.

Without more info, it's hard to say what exactly is going on. For now, do daily 100% water changes, floating the cup in the tank to keep it warm (78* would be what I recommend for now, as if it is a fungus attack, warmer water will make it spread faster).

If I had more time I would do some research right now, but have to go to daughter's school in a few minutes. I'll check back as soon as I am free.
His body was a Bright Red. Also, I do not know the temperature of the tank (I'm a Newbie, I will be getting a tank thermometer and a tank warmer and other things soon)
His tank was 2 gallons, and i changed it every 2 weeks and the change was a 100% change.
I did not use water conditioner (I just got a goldfish tank, put rocks in, poured spring water in, waited a day, then put him in. Like I said before I'm a total noob :oops:)
Another symptom was that he swims at a 45 degree angle and in short bursts (only to eat)
I'll post a picture of the black spot soon...
His head is fuzzy and there's some stuff on his lip, and i dont think it's cambodian (lol I'm actually part cambodian :lol:)
I'll be changing his water daily now.
 

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Sounds like part of his problem is ammonia/chlorine poisoning =( You absolutely have to have a good water conditioner, bettas can't handle all the chemicals that are in our tap water. In a 2 gallon tank, you need to make twice weekly water changes with conditioned water, one 50% and one 100%. Bettas secrete ammonia when they pass waste and when they breathe, and too much of it can make them sick. Not sure about the fuzz around his head, but it could be extra slimecoat from being in water with no conditioner. I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time with your first betta, I hope he gets better soon!!
 

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Indy is right, you need water conditioner with tap- it could be his slime coating trying to protect him.
I think between that and lack of proper water changes is what had caused his problems- no wonder why I was stumped on diseases.

I would set out more water right now for a day until you can get some conditioner (even get some at Walmart). Make sure it takes out chlorine, neutralizes nitrate/ites and binds metals.
Is your 2 gallon filtered?
If so then I recommend doing weekly 50% water changes, each time dosing with the water conditioner, and siphoning with a small siphon 2-4 times a month during water changes, if you don't have a siphon, can stir up the gravel and cup out as much waste as you can.
If your tank is unfiltered, you would need to do weekly 1 50% and 1 100%, dosing with water conditioner each time.

Right now, the only thing that can help him is warm water dosed with conditioner- as I don't think medicine will do much. This seems to be water chemistry related.
 

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Get PRIME or stress coat by API or AmQuel+ plus by Kordon Removes Nitrate,Nitrite,Ammonia,Cloramines,&Chlorines. Those 3 the best water conditioners. I saw people discussion about that. I don't remember brand for the PRIME but i will check on it tomorrow i have it written down at work. I read on this forum a lot of people recommending PRIME and Stess coat . I am using AmQuel+ for long time.
I heard bad responses on other brands though.
I hope your betta will get better.
 

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Seachem Prime. That is usually harder to find, unless you live in a large city with different LFS around, such as Petco and Petsmart :)
 

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PRIME by Seachem Removes Chlorine,chloramine,ammonia,Detoxifies Nitrite & Nitrate Provides Slime Coat.

Sorry didn't see your post. I hope she /he can find it. I really recommend the one i am using,but they change the lable it say something else now. I have to check the bottle. Also the Stress coat API is good one. Which one you recommend? If that betta can survive i don't want him tho buy bad brand. I heard that some people had problems with some brands. I don't remember name i have to look up.

I hope the betta will survive i didn't even know that it can survive without conditioner. The reason i recommended aquarium salt because i thought i saw fuzzy white stuff on the picture and i though it has fungus. But i am happy you guys find real reason.
 

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I was also wondering if it good idea to put him in the spring water until he will get water conditioner? I was using spring water for a few bettas for about 6 months before and they were fine. I was using deer park spring water.
 

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No bottled water/spring water, they are often missing vital nutrients that bettas need. The best thing is conditioned tap water. At this point since he needs it so bad, any brand of conditioner will do. Stresscoat would probably be the best one if you can find it, they sell it at Petsmart. It has aloe in it that soothes the fish and helps create slime coat. I use Top Fin, it works fine for it's purpose most of the time, but there are definitely better brands out there.
 

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I think his whole head is covered in extra slime coat, and it makes him look a little wierd =( Hopefully OP can get him some water conditioner, if he doesn't get it he will die.
 

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Have to agree, the slime coating over his body is covering the eyes a bit. Poor guy.

Stress Coat wouldn't be good right now, as it can easily cause this guy to build up even more excess slime coating (but if you got it, use it because the slime coating will easily be removed). Prime would be fine- it's not as heavy in that chemical. But I have to agree- right now anything that removes ammonia and binds metals would be good.
Daily 100% water changes dosing with water conditioner for the next few days to a week should bring him back around. Not going to say it will work for sure, but it should help out tremendously. Once that is taken care of and he has been in the proper water for a few days, we will be able to tell easier whether he has any underlying health problems that needs to be taken care of.
 

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Myates brings up a good point about the stresscoat, I didn't think about that.
Don't be alarmed if you start seeing alot of slime start to fall off of him once he's in conditioned water, it's just the extra slime coat falling off.
 
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