Is My Betta Fish Ok??? Important

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Fizzy Izzy, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. F

    Fizzy Izzy New Member Member

    I woke up this morning to feed my betta, Jeremy, and noticed what looks like a bubble right next to his left eye. Upon further inspection I also noticed an unusual clump or bump on the bottom of his dorsal fin. Does anyone know what this could be and how to treat it? I thought maybe popeye until I looked at his fin.

    I just tested his water and I believe these are the results (I've included a photo just in case)
    pH: around 7 (used high pH test)
    ammonia: 0
    nitrite: 0
    nitrate: 20 ppm
    Nothing unusual from my knowledge. I've been told nitrate levels should be under 40 ppm.
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    Here are a few photos of what he looks like. I know his fins look a bit rough in general, he developed some fin rot in July a few weeks after I got him. At that time I treated him with some aquarium salt and I have seen improvement in his fins overtime. He lives in a 3 gallon tank with a carbon filter and a heater that keep the tank around 74 - 78 F.
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    Thank you for any and all help
     
  2. DaloAquatics

    DaloAquatics Valued Member Member

    I don't know personally what that is with just those photos but I would start by putting some salt in his tank just in case. Hope he gets better :)
     
  3. Aegnis

    Aegnis Valued Member Member

    I wouldn't put salt in the tank -- it's really bad for betta's labyrinth organ.

    My hunch is that it's some sort of bacterial infection. How frequently do you do water changes?
     
  4. OP
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    Fizzy Izzy New Member Member


    I'd say every other week. I recently just went on a trip for a week so I did a full water change before I left and used an automatic feeder to give him two pellets twice a day while I was gone. Any recommendations on how to treat him for bacterial infection? I plan to do a water change today but is there anything I can give him?
     
  5. Aegnis

    Aegnis Valued Member Member

    In a 3 gallon tank, you should be doing 20% water changes every week or so. He probably got a bacterial infection from the water being too dirty. Do a 20% water change every day or every other day until you see some improvement, and maybe consider adding an almond leaf to his tank -- they have anti-bacterial properties are great natural cures for these sorts of things (they'll turn your water brown -- don't be alarmed).

    Hope he feels better!
     
  6. OP
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    Fizzy Izzy New Member Member

    Thank you for the help! I'll give this a shot.
     
  7. Aegnis

    Aegnis Valued Member Member

    You're very welcome! Hope this helps and he sees some improvement soon!
     
  8. WanhiBetta

    WanhiBetta Valued Member Member

    Agree with above, a 3g is small so you need frequent water changes. I personally do weekly 40% on my 10g betta tank, so I would do at least 50% in a 3g.
     




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