Infected Betta fish wound.
1. What is the size of your tank? Ten gallons.
2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used. 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 5 Nitrate (lower than the usual ten, surprisingly.) API Liquid.
3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water? Fresh.
4. How long the aquarium has been set up? The third of this month.
5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? One betta fish and a few Trumpet and Ramshorn snails. They've all been in since I set the tank up, as I planted it pretty well, plus used some established filter media hanging around in bags.
6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? Only inhabitant.
7. What temperature is the tank water currently? Hovers around 78-79.
8. Are there live plants in the aquarium? Yes.
9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity. Hagen Elite Single Sponge Filter, gets rinsed each water change.
10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)? Nope, just the air pump that runs the filter, I suppose.
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)? Yes, a little. Tanks comes on around 11, goes off somewhere around 1.
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? Thursday, about 75%, as I was trying to clean off some of the algae. Water is changed at least once a week, 50% or more. The sand has the gunk siphoned off the top.
13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule? NLS regular pellets, she gets about 8 once a day.
14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish? When I got her, she had a cut on her side (where the current infection is now) but it looked like it was healing. Around a week ago, she tore part of her dorsal fin somehow, but it looked to be re-growing. The cut looked mostly healed at that point. She was fine when I left early morning Friday, but when I came back late last night she had this cottony white infection on the scar and the fin. She also somehow tore both of her ventrals. I don't know how she keeps injuring herself. The only 'sharp' objects in the tank are two pieces of driftwood, but I have them arranged to be laying on the substrate. The infection looks worse this morning, but she's still active and swimming normally.
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. No, I'm not sure what to treat with or how.
Here's a picture of it.
I know the picture is crappy, so I took a video of her, too.
Betta Injury/Infection - YouTube
That looks to be quite a wound.. I tend to use Kanamycin for a lot of infection type situations. I may be completely wrong, but if there is no way she could have injured or reinjured herself, its a recurrence..where very possibly water conditions degraded, or she became stressed enough her anti -immune system sputtered and her infection stopped healing. Very clean water would be first step, I would private message an expert(Byron) for advice very soon.
It was just a tiny cut at first to be honest, so I think the fungus is spreading. I'm doing daily 50% water changes, but I have no idea how she keeps scraping herself. She is very aggressive and constantly fights her reflection, and sometimes she gets really into it, so perhaps that compounds her ability to heal? I truly have no idea :/
Should I treat with Maracyn or Kanaplex??
Stress from its reflection could be the issue...
I don't know what else to do :/ She's so flipping aggressive with everything. She rips snails apart, tosses them around the tank, tried to eat a ghost shrimp whole, and bites me every time I put my hand in the tank. I adore her and I want the best for her, and I've been adding as many plants around the sides as possible to keep her from seeing herself, but I have no idea.
I did some digging online and found people successfully treating their betta's with AQ salt, should I try a bath of that? I don't think I can put it in the tank with all of my plants.
I also have Metro+ on hand, but I don't think that will help at all :/
She's still active and eating, so I don't know what to do. Upon closer inspection the white fluff looks to be coming OUT of the cut, if that makes any difference.
Very good question on the Maracyn or Kanamycin. It was recommended to me that since my ph factor is about 7.5,..that I should use Kanamycin as it is not affected by ph the way Maracyn 2 is. It seems you are in Central Florida also..do you know your water's ph? There is a forum that is affiliated with this one..Betta Fish and Betta Care... that may be able you specifically.. There is a lot of people that want to help there too.
The tank light is what is causing her to see herself. When it is brighter in the tank than the room outside, the fish can see themselves in the reflection. Turn that off to reduce stress levels. (That's all I can help with lol) Hope she does better!
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