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Old 06-28-2020, 01:24 PM   #1
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White patch on betta

Got a new betta yesterday and this patch seems to have appeared overnight.
It was there yesterday but it was only a slight discoloration.


Is this some sort of fungal infection or just damage from his new environment? Columnaris?


he seems really energetic, he is also eating.


tank is 15 gallon with pond and assassin snails only.



I ordered some api bettafix, just incase it gets worse, I would rather not have to use it.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:22 PM   #2
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I think he just scraped himself up on some driftwood. Its looking better every day.
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I think he just scraped himself up on some driftwood. Its looking better every day.
That's good. Keep the tank clean and stable - that's the best thing you can do to avoid infections. Also, I'd be very careful about using Bettafix. There's some evidence that it can damage the labirynth organ... a bit risky imho. There are safer alternatives (depends on where you're located).
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Thanks, yea i saw a few debates about bettafix being bad for labyrinth fish, agree its not worth the risk.

Since its only watered down melafix i will save it for any non labyrinth fish i get in the future if im worried about infection.
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That's good. Keep the tank clean and stable - that's the best thing you can do to avoid infections. Also, I'd be very careful about using Bettafix. There's some evidence that it can damage the labirynth organ... a bit risky imho. There are safer alternatives (depends on where you're located).
YES. Bettafix is not good. There are studies that show it actually causes more harm than good. Its also watered down medicine. Salt soaks and Erythromycin I have a lot of good luck with bacterial infections. I would do it just to be safe. Water change. When you put the fish in the tank did you dump the bag water in your tank? Hopefully not.
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Salt soaks and Erythromycin I have a lot of good luck with bacterial infections. I would do it just to be safe.
The salt might be a good idea to help relieve stress and regenerate the slime coat, but I'd be cautious about dosing healthy fish with medication. There's no evidence of a bacterial infection so far, and the lesion seems to be healing, so for the time being I'd just let time and clean water do its magic. OP should still keep a close eye on it though, and administer the right medication if any signs of a problem should appear.
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