View Full Version : Possibly fungus but can't quite tell. Help!

07-06-2009, 03:16 PM
Hi. I just inherited a betta from a friend who is on vacation for a month and noticed something interesting on its sides. It looks like strands of green algae. I looked around online for similar symptoms, but couldn't find anything. Here's what I know about its history:

-The fish was kept in a round bowl with maybe half a gallon's worth of water. I took it out and put it into a rectangular container of about the same amount of water so I could keep an eye on it without distortion from the glass.

-I'm not sure how often she changed the water, but I will be changing it once a week.

-I treat my water and allow it to sit overnight to become the same temperature as the surroundings and will do so with this fish.

-I'm not sure the temperature in her house, but the temperature in my house is about 75 degrees. I know this can be a bit on the cold side for bettas, but I have one and he seems happy as can be with it: active, playful, no signs of sickness whatsoever.

-I feed my betta every morning and every night 3 pellets of food. I think that's what she was feeding hers as well.

Alright. I think that's all of it. She said her fish just lies at the bottom of the bowl and only comes up for food and "air" every now and then. It's a bit more active now that I've changed bowls but not by much. There are also some red marks around its face that have me concerned as well.

Here are some pictures I've taken of it so maybe that will help:
Those are from last night. This next picture is from this morning. It looks like it's starting to grow fuzzy fungus:

Another side note is that I live in Japan and so my access to medicine is very limited. I thought my betta had developed Ick or Velvet a while back and immediately ordered medication via Dr. Foster Smith since they ship to FPO addresses. Fortunately my betta didn't have that, but the medicine took well over a month to get here so if he DID, well, he would have been toast.

I really appreciate ANY help you can give me. The medicine I have on hand is some Japanese antibiotics for pop eye and the stuff I ordered to treat the Ick/Velvet. Should I treat it with the same antibiotic I used for pop eye? It's all in Japanese, but when I went into the fish store with a picture of the pop eye, the worker said "pop eye" and pointed me to this product. It cured my betta and now he's right as rain.

Any help you could give would be very appreciated; I don't want my friend to come home to no fish :(

07-06-2009, 03:20 PM
Fins are clamped... not a good sign. Use a fungal treatment. Bettafix if you have it or can find it. Keep the water extra clean for him.

07-06-2009, 03:32 PM
Thanks. I don't have Bettafix, but I just ordered it from Petco. Unfortunately, it's not going to get here in time to do any good so I think I'll just have to go to the Japanese aquarium store and try to find something -anything- that I can recognize in English. I'll definitely keep his water clean and try to feed him if he'll eat. He hasn't eaten in the day and a half I've had him, but that doesn't concern me as much as how he's looking right now.

07-06-2009, 10:23 PM
Try printing out a picture of the fish and bring it to the fish store. They should know if they have the medicine for it. You could also look up the word fungus in an american -> japanese dictionary.