Please Help! What Disease Is This? (betta)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by mybettaismywaifu, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. mybettaismywaifuNew MemberMember

    My half moon betta, Eddie, has been a happy little betta for the past month but yesterday he stopped eating and kept spitting out his food. Today he is ignoring food entirely and I noticed gray spots on the top of his body both sides under his doral fin. As of now he is still moderately active but I'm worried about him.

    Water test results show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates 0 nitrites and ~7.2ph

    He is kept in a 10 gallon tank which is heated to 78 and filtered

    He has 3 corydora catfish tankmates, the 4th died yesterday after developing a brown spot on its side. The others are healthy.

    Picture of the Betta: [​IMG]

    Update: the infection had spread extremely quickly and quadrupled in area in only 2 hours. The infection started eating holes in his doral fin as well D:

    I've put him in a 2.5 gallon quarantine tank that's heated, had aquarium salt and betta fix medicine added.

    He's still a little active but I won't try to feed him until tomorrow.

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  2. mybettaismywaifuNew MemberMember

    Just today I noticed a gray spot develop under his dorsal fin. Within a 3 hours the spot quadrupled in area and started eating holes in his fins. He's refused to eat and has been lethergic all day. All water tests show 0 ammonia/nitrates/nitrites

    Yesterday he kept spitting out food but today he's ignored it entirely.

    I've quarantined him and started medicating him with bettafix, but I still can't find any information on what disease he has.
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  3. Samantha100113New MemberMember

    Did you do anything to his tank recently, or add any decorations?
  4. Sushi'skeeperValued MemberMember

    Can we get a picture from the top view, please?

    Edit: This looks exactly like Columnaris.
  5. Samantha100113New MemberMember

    He also looks a bit bloated in the second picture. Could you get a picture of him from the top?
    Grey spots, and sometimes fuzz growing on the betta can mean he has a fungal infection.
    Grey spots or white spots could also mean Ich. Ich is a parasite, so if your betta has it, chances are more than likely that it's in your tank. You can treat ich by raising the temp in your tank.
    Also the first picture looks like he may have some goldish mist under his mouth and head. This could be velvet, if you take a picture from underneath him with the flash on, you should be able to see it.
    I can't really tell from the pictures while on my phone, so i'm just listing the simple stuff.
  6. PaulaMPiValued MemberMember

  7. Sushi'skeeperValued MemberMember

    @Samantha100113 It's not velvet, that's just his coloring.


    On the right is left is velvet, on the right in columnaris.
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  8. Samantha100113New MemberMember

    Sorry, I know little on columnaris.
    I had a betta when I first started about 5 years ago and brought him to a specialist when he was rubbing against his plants and the women there told me it was velvet. Any other betta that had it after that, I treated it like velvet and they healed. I have never dealt with columnaris so I know little about it.
    This is the one she treated.
    The picture is pretty old as it was 5 years ago, but I kept it for when I spotted it on my others I could compare it.
    Thanks for the new information! @Sushi'skeeper
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  9. Sushi'skeeperValued MemberMember

    Velvet can be hard to see when underneath, mainly because it could also be natural coloring! Using a flashlight definitely helps! Turning off all the lights and then using the flashlight will be easier! @Samantha100113 Now that looks like some velvet! Like you, I've never dealt with Columnaris either, I've just seen tons of posts and pictures about it on some other forums. I do know that it's pretty dangerous!
  10. Samantha100113New MemberMember

    Ive always used a flashlight or my phonelight especially since most of my bettas have been dark colored and it was very hard to see.
  11. Sushi'skeeperValued MemberMember

    I have a dark brown female betta who recently had velvet and it was so difficult to see!
  12. Samantha100113New MemberMember

    I bet. I have not had many females. I have had 2 in the past and just recently bought 2 more baby girls last week.
  13. mybettaismywaifuNew MemberMember

    Thanks for your replies, all.

    Turns out the columaris was a rapid growing strain, basically turbo-ebola.

    Unfortunately, my betta had already died overnight before I could read the responses.

    The local aquarium store employee recommended Bettafix, which did absolutely nothing at stop the disease.

    A couple days before this I added two Cory catfish to the tank, which I suspect is the source of the infection. The Cory catfish came from the same store mentioned previously.

    Now I've got to find a way to disinfect the whole tank and the live plants if that's even possible.