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

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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


End of April


End of May


End of June

Recieved antifungal treatment (API Fungus Cure), no change, D/Cd

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


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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
 

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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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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?

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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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