Betta Illness

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by BrookeHillary, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. BrookeHillaryNew MemberMember

    Can anyone help with this Betta illness? It looks like his whole gill has rotted away. It’s been going on for a few weeks. I started treating it with aquarium salt and Paraguard. That seemed to slow it down a little but didn’t get rid of it. I went to a local fish store and they recommended polyguard. We’ve been treating for 1 week with that and he still looks rough, now it almost looks like there are strange growths in the area. Does anyone else have any recommendations? Attached are a few photos taken during his treatment.

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  2. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Does he have anything he can cut his gill on. Any tank mates that could bite?
  3. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Can you give us some more info? Tank size and tank mates?

    Water parameters? pH, temp, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates

    Do you know what's in polyguard?
  4. BrookeHillaryNew MemberMember

    No tank mates. At this point nothing that he could scratch on. It’s possible that the initial injury could have been from a rock. But I can’t be sure.

    5 gal tank. No tank mates now, we originally had a couple snails. Temp is at 79, pH is about 7.8, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are all zero.

    These are the listed ingredients from PolyGuard.

    Active ingredients: sulfathiazole (36%), malachite green (1.9%), nitrofurantoin (0.14%), nitrofural (0.14%), quinacrine dihydrochloride (0.27%). Inactive ingredients: excipients (61%)
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  5. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Do you have a filter he could have caught his gill on it. If it’s strong enough
  6. BrookeHillaryNew MemberMember

    No, there is a soft sponge over it so that the flow isn’t too strong.
  7. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Might be this?  
  8. BrookeHillaryNew MemberMember

    It’s possible, but I have had aquarium salts in and it hasn’t helped. I’m just kind of stumped on what to do, or if I just need to be more patient.
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I would quit the salt, but do water changes as frequently as the Polyguard will allow.

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