Head Rot? My Betta Is In Trouble... Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by RxChristie, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. RxChristie

    RxChristieNew MemberMember

    Baby, my betta fish, has an undiagnosed disease that has been progressing rapidly. Back at the end of April, a small blue spot appeared on his upper lip. The same thing happened on his tail, so I thought his scales were just changing colors. It has now spread to his entire head. Here’s the timeline:

    January
    https://m.imgur.com/FyTdLhT

    End of April
    https://imgur.com/uvlfVBe

    End of May
    https://imgur.com/iGP5pIf

    End of June
    https://i.redd.it/yx91t1ejyq531.jpg
    Recieved antifungal treatment (API Fungus Cure), no change, D/Cd

    July
    upload_2019-7-15_19-3-53.jpeg
    Recieved antibiotic treatment (API Melafix). No change, recently DC’d.
    He is now pretty obviously blind.
    He was very lethargic when I returned from my vacation (a coworker took care of him while I was gone). I decided to do a deep clean of the tank - 50% water change, I removed the driftwood and plant pot from his tank. He seems to be more energetic today.

    I cannot find anything that matches his symptoms. Is this advanced mouth rot? Something else?
    What should I try next? Please help my Baby...

    What is the water volume of the tank? - 7
    How long has the tank been running? - Since November
    Does it have a filter? - Yes
    Does it have a heater? - Yes
    What is the water temperature? - 79 F
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? - 1 betta fish
    How often do you change the water? - has varied lately because of antifungal/antibiotic treatments
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    pH: 6.5
    KH: 40
    GH: 60
     
  2. OP
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    RxChristie

    RxChristieNew MemberMember

    I can’t seem to edit my post, so here’s a more complete version of the template.


    Tank

    What is the water volume of the tank? 7
    How long has the tank been running? Since November
    Does it have a filter? Yes
    Does it have a heater? Yes
    What is the water temperature? 79
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? 1 betta fish

    Maintenance
    How often do you change the water? Has varied because of recent treatments
    How much of the water do you change? Usually 10-20%
    What do you use to treat your water? Prime conditioner
    Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Just the water. Twice/three times I’ve transferred 50% of the water to another tank, rinsed the rocks, and scrubbed out the original (no soap, of course)

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? N/a
    What do you use to test the water? API Test strips
    What are your parameters?

    Ammonia: n/a
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    pH: 6.5
    KH: 40
    GH: 60

    Feeding
    How often do you feed your fish? Once every 1-3 days
    How much do you feed your fish? About 6-12 pellets
    What brand of food do you feed your fish? TDA Chroma Boost
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? No

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish? Since November
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Since April
    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? See above
    Have you started any treatment for the illness? See above
    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? No
     
  3. Nick72

    Nick72Well Known MemberMember

    Please euthanize that Betta immediately.

    He is long passed saving.

    The longer you delay just increases his suffering.

    Sorry to be harsh but there really is no saving him.
     
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    RxChristie

    RxChristieNew MemberMember

    Okay, I will pick up some clove oil on my way home from work today (I only have whole cloves)... :(

    What is it though? Is it mouth rot that just progressed? What happened?

    @Nick72
     
  5. Nick72

    Nick72Well Known MemberMember

    I don't know what caused this.

    My best guess is a severe bacterial infection.

    I also wonder if your Betta has a genetic frailty / illness that has triggered these symptoms.

    In any case I think it impossible for him to recover, no matter what care or medication you could provide.

    He is simply too far gone.
     
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