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Really sick Betta please help! #1
Hi all,

I have a Betta with a fungus/fin rot problem that I am desperately trying to get rid of. I have tried: regular water changes, aquarium salt, pimafix, melafix, esha exit and esha 2000.

Nothing is working, the odd thing is he doesn't act like he is sick at all, still eating, full of energy etc. But I really want to help him as I am worried he is going to suffer or worse. If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. I have tried to attach a picture

Thanks!

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Re: Really sick Betta please help! #2
Hmmm. Good that he's still behaving and eating normally (so far), though.

3 thoughts:
* what are your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels? Take these now and before your scheduled water change.
* is there any possibility that he's undergoing "marbling"? I've read of bettas doing this and causing unnecessary cause for alarm by their owners who mistakenly think they're ill. There's one thread on here that gives an example: https://www.bettafish.com/threads/marbling-colour-changes.760458/
* give him a break from medication for now, at least, while we try to establish what is going on - don't want to cause him (more) problems simply through the stress of undergoing more medication.
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Re: Really sick Betta please help! #3
Thank you for your reply, the water I have checked every day and ammonia, nitrite, nitrate are not present. Unfortunately, this seemed to all start after I left a family member to look after him, there was an error of communication and they ended up feeding him way too much which caused a nitrite spike.

I know what you mean about marbling, but this is lumpy and slimy looking and I can see his fins degrading. It's very odd because it doesn't get better and doesn't get worse, this has been ongoing for over a month now!