Siamese Fighting Fish - 1 large eye, unhealthy look
I have a Siamese Fighting Fish called Leon who has been living in a large fish tank (approx 15" x 10" x 10" in size) for 3 months. We feed him well, check the water PH levels, and also change 10% of the water every two weeks or so making sure the water is the correct temperature and that the protective coat solution is applied correctly to condition the water.
On Sunday I noticed that one of his eyes had swollen up and is slightly cloudy. He also has bad conditioned fins, like they are lifeless and the ends look like bits might be falling off.
Before Sunday he was in fine spirits, eating and swimming around. Now, he seems to be spending a lot of time at the bottom of the tank miserable.
Please help me, as I need to startt the rescue procedure tonight.
I have another smaller tank that I can transfer him too, and some ICH liquid - the blue stuff that supposedly killd the organism.
UI also have a bookm called Guide to the healthy aquarium that lists all of the dedeases in the back, but there are so many I just dont know where to start.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Re: Siamese Fighting Fish - 1 large eye, unhealthy look
Hi and welcome aboard.:wave:
popeye can also be caused by too much current in the tank, and betas prefer still water anyways.
I moved leon into a tank with fresh water and he seems a little bit better (both of his fins are now working). However, his belly is going white, his eye still sticks out, and his fins are looking real bad. I have posted an image so you can see.
I can get some medication today and need to know what to get. I think I need some antibacterial medicene, or Dropsy medicene (although I am not sure this is what he has)
Unfortunately I have seen this problem a lot. DO NOT treat with ick medication, this is NOT ICK!
What you betta is suffering from is a bacterial and fungal problem, and possibly popeye from looking at the pictures.
The best place for him right now is in a bowl, kept warm (mid 80's), and away from any stress. Keep his water extremely clean, 50% water change/day. Also, keep him well fed, this will help to boost his immune system.
If you choose to use medication, the best thing for him is a combination of "Fungus Eliminator" by Jungle, and Methylene Blue. Dose it according to the directions in a large enough container/bucket, and change his bowl water daily with this medicated solution daily. If covered, you can keep and use this medicated water for up to 48 hrs after it is mixed, but after 48 hrs throw it out and mix fresh. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OVERDOSE the medication.
There are other medication options, but this is one that I have found to be of the 2 most effective without risk to the fish. Bettas are very sensitive to medications, so be careful what you try to use.
If you need more help, let me know, I'll do what I can. If you LFS doesn't stock the meds you need, let me know and I can send you a link of where to order it from.
LEON IS STILL ALIVE!!
I have been using 'all natural Pimafix' and he seems to be getting his colour and apetite back. However, I have noticed that his fins are still getting a little bit worse. One if his fins has a cooton like growth on it.
Any suggestions as to what this could be? The prima fix treats fungal effects on body and fins, so surely the meds #i am giving him should work?
Primafix is the second item down...
Gonna change %50 water soon...
Not all meds will be effective on all illnesses. Especially with bettas, I have seen some very "resistant" strains of bacteria and fungus...
Once a strain is immune to a certain medication, it isn't going to have much effect, which is what it sounds like you're dealing with here.
Once again, I will suggest the meds I stated in my previous post. There are a few others available, but these meds seem to treat the widest range of issues, and offer you the best chance of taking care of any fungal problems you are now having.
The most important things in curing your fish are going to be clean water, good food, and a small tank/bowl where he will experience the least amount of stress. Keep him warm, also... 80 - 85 degrees is best when they are sick.
Good Luck to you!
Thanks for your help. I have ordered the two meds you mentioned so I should get them in the next day or two. Untill then I will make sure he is warm, well fed, and has a daily 50% water change.
Bad news. Leon seems to have a major fin fungus. I am using what medication is available to me:
Primafix antifungal remedy
Fungistop fish fngus cure
his right fin has been eaten away and his tummy fin has rotted right up to his belly - which is looking.
I think I'm gonna have to put him down soon as nothing seems to be helping him.
dont put him down, keep treating him until your certain he has no chance
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