Sick Betta

cody000125

Hi All,

I've been trying to treat my betta for quite a while now but nothing seems to help. I've come on here quite a few times asking for suggestions and I've tried them. My betta has usually been hanging out near the top of the tank recently and has red spots on the top of his head. This all started when I noticed his fins weren't fully growing out. They always seemed okay but would occasionally get a tear in them. First I moved him to a quarantine tank and dosed him with a broad spectrum of stuff since I didn't know the what it was(Maracyn,Ich-X,Paracleanse). That didn't seem to help that much, so I did more research and someone suggested it could be columnaris so after around a month I tried dosing Kanaplex and Furan-2, again he seemed to be okay but the symptoms didn't improve. I moved him back down to my main tank and noticed he was breathing heavier than up in the quarantine tank. So after doing more research, I'm starting to think it could be flukes? I'll provide pictures but his gills seem to be red and I've read that flukes could cause red spots as well. Also that flukes reproduce which is why he would be breathing harder in my main tank. Could I get someone's opinion on if they think it's gill flukes or what they think it is? And if it is flukes what should I dose? Should I move him back to the quarantine tank and dose there or I've read I should just dose the entire main tank. All that are in my main tank are ramshorn snails, nerites, and my betta. My main tank is a 20 gallon and my quarantine tank is a 10 gallon. Here are my water parameters:
Temp: 80*
pH: 7.2-7.4
Ammonia: 0
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 5-10
KH: ~6-7

And here are some pictures:

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I have paraguard on hand which I heard might help with flukes but I've also heard praziquantel is the way to go. Any help would really be appreciated. Thank you
 

bcsay720

Sorry to hear about your betta. Red spots are definitely not a great sign, and his gills do look enflamed. Salt baths may be a good idea here in addition to medication and daily or every other day water changes.
 

cody000125

Sorry to hear about your betta. Red spots are definitely not a great sign, and his gills do look enflamed. Salt baths may be a good idea here in addition to medication and daily or every other day water changes.
Sorry to hear about your betta. Red spots are definitely not a great sign, and his gills do look enflamed. Salt baths may be a good idea here in addition to medication and daily or every other day water changes.
Will the red spots go away? Or will I just prevent the spread of more? I've moved him back to the quarantine tank and added some aquarium salt. I'll add the prazipro tomorrow. He seemed to be recovering well in the quarantine tank and his labored breathing picked up when I added him back to the main tank. There currently aren't any other fish in the main tank. I'm not sure what's wrong with my main tank, could the flukes have reproduced and when I added him back in they got into his gills again? I'll be dosing the main tank tomorrow as well just in case.
 

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