Betta has white discoloration on back
Posted 11 December 2007 - 07:43 PM
Now the circle has widened... so it seems to be getting worse.
Can anyone help diagnose this so I know how to treat it?
Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:16 AM
I guess I'm going to have to try an anti-fungal if I don't get any advice from this forum.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:57 AM
Sorry no one replied...we try to be fast...in fact, I'm not sure how any one missed it...oh well.
Can you give us a few stats on your tank? Size, temp, water change schedule, etc? If it's on his back in a circle shape, like a saddle, it may be columnaris, which is quite deadly.
Here is our columnaris treatment sheet, written by an incredibly well informed betta expert...
Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:44 PM
As you can see it's sort of a white discoloration right on top of the fish, usually around the dorsal fin. There are many, many causes of color loss and discoloration in bettas, but columnaris is one of the more common.
The information that Betta_Girl asked for is useful in helping us diagnose your fish. Also, pictures would allow us to give a more definite diagnosis.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:49 PM
That looks like it, although it isn't that big... yet... and it's slightly closer to the head but not much.
He's in a 2.5 gallon Mini Bow tank with a 25 w heater that keeps the temp between 78-80. It's also got a whisper filter that has it's suction reduced.
We do a 100% water change every 7 days.
I just read that link above... it says water at 74 degrees.... should I go that route? I always thought that was too cold.
Thanks for you help.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:20 PM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:05 PM
To me that does look like columaris. It is hard to tell, but it looks kinda raised and such. Use (any one of these) Triple Sulfa, Tetracycline, Furan-2, and Erythromycin. Adding a half teaspoon of aq. salt per gallon and putting the temp at 74 will also help.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:24 PM
The mark does not look raised to me... it simply changed the color of the skin.
This tank is in my 2.5 year old daughters room. His name is "Mel".
I guess I should do an immediate water change? Should I throw the stones out and replace with new? Anything recommended to clean a tank with to ensure an fungus is removed?
Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:38 PM
But act soon - if it is columnaris, it is a fast killer when it gets going.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:45 PM
Be sure to use the aquarium salt as well as the medication, and be aggressive in treating it.
I agree, your tank is adorable! That's a wonderful betta home.
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