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What's wrong with my Pucky NOW?!


What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? Pellets and flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Ususally one of the above once a day


How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% and 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner, sometimes Stress Zyme

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has had Septecimea that I treated and he recovered fine, but now he's got an ugly growth at the top of his dorsal that has grown and as of this morning has a brownish-reddish tint to it. JUST NOW: Upon closer expection closer to the light, I notice that a lost of his bottom half and the rim of his gills is covered in gold spots. Columnaris? Velvet? Ee gads help!
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Clamped fins, stress lines, lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5 Days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I tried a Macaryn 2 treatment again, but it didn't help.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Septecimeia and fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)?I've had him since April of last year

Pics below.
1. He's in his cup now I'm going to do a full water change. Clamped fins obvious, and his fins just look wrinkly and ugly.
2. This is how the light looks behind my beatiful BLUE crowntail. From this picture I also see his is really bloated.
3. An above view. You can kind of see how far the white growth is sticking out from his dorsal
4. A pretty good picture of the growth.

Thank you so much!


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After I cleaned his tank yesterday and even into this morning he looks better. He's not sitting at the bottom so much his fins aren't as clamped. The white growth is somewhat gone and I'm not sure if what I'm seeing on him is a smaller version of the growth or it fell off/went away and left a hole in his dorsal-the same place he has had a hole before, for those of you that remember. I think I am good from this one, but it was very scary.
~Hockey Puck: forever the sickest fish~

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Thank you so much; I will notice that it does come to a head towards the end of the week, closer to the 100% change, and once I do the change, within two days it seems to get a lot better, and his energy level is greatly improved too. The water changes seem to be the thing that keeps him happy right now and feeling good, so I will keep that up. Thank you!
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