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I have a question that I am only finding half of the answer to. My betta has all the signs of a fungal infection. I was in a panic so I talked to the people at Petsmart, they told me to put the Medication tablets(Lifegaurd) in the water. It seems to be working in that he is moving around again, however the white blotches arent going away. I would just try the salt treatments but I also have an African dwarf frog in with him. Will that be okay for the frog too? Also, should I just change the entire tank before doing any other treatments? Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated! I'm fairly new to the betta thing and I really want him to live!

What size is your tank? 3.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? about 76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes, but not currently
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? African dwarf frog

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin betta bits and occassionally Top Fin freeze dried blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times a day


How often do you perform a water change? every week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? betta water conditioner (Top Fin)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no

Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? dull color and white cotton-looking patches by head and gills
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, loss of appetitie
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 7 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, Lifegaurd tablets
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? N/A

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Apparently fungus is always present in a tank. you can treat the little guy in a quarantine container or float a container in the larger tank. pre measure the salt in a 1 gal at 1 tsp/gal and use that for your bettas water. Im not an expert on fungi, so you should wait for someone with experience to come along :D I know that warmer temperature will only encourage fungi. good luck!

Any pictures? it usually helps with a diagnosis

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It'll take about a week to completely disappear. got boys with fungus problems on Thursday and there is still a tiny bit on their tails this morning. You should see it receding by the 3rd day though. I've never used those lifeguard tablets though. I used gold ole fashioned aq salt, stress coat and IAL
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