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post #1 of 2 Old 01-25-2013, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have been trying to heal my 1 1/2 year old male betta from an odd illness. About 1 month ago I started to notice a swollen lump on the one side of the little guy. At first, I thought it might be swim bladder disorder or constipation. I fasted him for a few days and tried a pea. It did not seem to help and he was having normal poops. Through research and my local fish store it was recommended to use tetracycline to resolve. It seemed to not only treat but get larger during this time. I took him off of meds for a while and fasted him again to the same result. The next step I tried was to put Epsom salt in the tank and do a treatment of maracyn / maracyn 2 to no avail. The treatment I currently have him on (just started) is Epsom Salt at 1.25 tsp per gallon and kanaplex. It looks so clear on the side I can see all his internal organs. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be and beyond kanaplex what to do? I have an Indian almond leaf ordered as well that's on the way. Ill attach a picture and more info next.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-25-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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What size is your tank? 5 Gallon (Not Pictured)
What temperature is your tank? Consistent 83F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes - Biofilter w activated carbon (when not on meds)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Surface by pump
Is your tank heated? Yes 83F
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
NLS Betta Pellets / Just Started Daphnia

How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day ~ 3 pellets two times daily before
Once a day pinch of daphnia now.

How often do you perform a water change?
Once a Week Sometimes Sooner

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
Roughly 3/4 each time more lately cause of meds

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Stress Coat Plus (Was Adding AQ Salt but now Epsom Salt (7tsp)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I have not tested the water parameters.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Very swollen on side seems to have gotten larger.
Scales and side stretched on one side clear.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Seems to still be very active and usual jumpy.
Sometimes seems to sleep a little more then usual.
Still peppy overall though.

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About 4/5 Weeks Ago - Swelling Has Come and Go but is worse now.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
See previous post.

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Seems to be a tail biter at times (can see frays in picture). Had some white spots on body before. Eventually left after Ick Treatment / Salt / Heat. Still not sure if was really ick.

How old is your fish (approximately)? Probably about a 1 1/2 to 1 2/3.
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