Betta Illness

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

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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.

TexasDomer said:
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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?
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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Do you have a filter he could have caught his gill on it. If it’s strong enough
 
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No, there is a soft sponge over it so that the flow isn’t too strong.
 
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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.
 

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