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eaturbyfill 10-13-2012 07:35 PM

Gray tails and red places
1. What is the size of your tank?

10 gallons.

2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used.

I used test strips, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates were normal, my water is neutral and soft.

3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water?


4. How long the aquarium has been set up?

Several months.

5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

2 male Bettas in a divided tank with a buffer zone in the middle. I have had them since the tank was set up, it's been around 4-6 months.

6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

No, because they were the first fish.

7. What temperature is the tank water currently?


8. Are there live plants in the aquarium?


9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity.

Tetra Whisper 10g. I always make sure to change it accordingly and clean it in a bucket of aquarium water on a regular basis.

10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)?

No, just a heater and filter.

11. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? What is your lighting schedule (assuming you do not rely on sunlight for our viewing pleasure)?

No, the entire room is lit during regular hours.

12. When did you perform your last water change and how much water was changed? How often do you change your water? Do you vacuum the substrate?

I usually change 30%-35% a week, but I did a 50% change last Sunday. The gravel is vacuumed, but it is difficult to do so because of the dividers.

13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule?

Pellets with occasional blood worms. They are fed twice a day, and fasted for a single day every week or two to help their digestive systems keep up.

14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish?

About three days ago, I noticed some places missing from my Betta's tail. I thought that it was tail biting, because the edges of the tail were not an unusual color. Last night during the regular inspection, I noticed that the parts that were disappearing were gray, but there wasn't gray when I first saw it.. Also, there is red on his gills, but not the gill part. It's the part I see sticking out towards me when he flares. Like, on the side behind his eyes. To me it sounds like they somehow got a hold of a bad bacteria. I'm really scared. I was going to separate, but Beany has it, too, just not as bad. Same symptoms.

15. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? If so, what treatments did you use? State your reasons for planning ahead of proper diagnosis.

I noticed it at 3 in the morning before bed and ended up speeding off to Wal-Mart since it was the only place open. I didn't get the medicine I wanted, but I was terrified that every day can make a huge difference when they're sick. I ended up buying the most appropriate thing that they did have, which were Jungle tablets. They are for all bacteria and fungal problems. I read that API Tetracycline and Metracyn are the best, but they didn't have those. They look the same today.

I'm hopeful because they still do the wiggle dance when they see me and are eating the same, and I'm worried because of those raw red spots. Does it sound bacterial or like something else? What do you think I should do?

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