05-25-2008, 02:24 PM
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My mother's betta that she affectionately calls "Tuckatwo" is not doing well. We have always called him the "four-hundred-pound goldfish of a nuclear powerplant" because he is so large. His favorite thing to do is wrap himself around the aquarium heater, then run over to the divider and challenge my female, Mrs. Church.
We recently came home from vacation, and when I went upstairs to check on the bettas, I noticed that Tuckatwo had some kind of strange fungus growing in his gill flap. They fungus is white and fuzzy looking and has not yet spread to other parts of his body. I immediately isolated him last night in warm water that I had treated with fixer. This morning I noticed that he was laying at the bottom of the isolation tank, gasping for breath. He is now in a shallow dish that has about and inch or two of water in it. He lays on his side and occasionally raises his head to take a breath, but I'm affraid he may be dying. I have no idea what the fungus is that is sapping all of his energy. My main tank has been thoroughly cleaned and the filter has been replaced today to prevent anymore sickness in the community.
Tuckatwo's color is normal, and I have been giving him a couple of drops of BettaFix Remedy every six hours. He seems to be getting a little stronger, but I am still worried. Would someone please give me a clue as to what is going on?!