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  1. #1

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    Feb 2012
    New Jersey

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    Default Sudden Betta sickness

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    Hello everyone -

    10 gal tank, 3 Ghost shrimp, 1 male Betta.

    Within the last hour male Betta has gone lethargic, his swim bladder is inflamed (but this is a chronic issue with him), and he has developed two white protrusions from his lower jaw. It looks exactly like he was speared through the lower lip and then developed white heads on either end. They've since ruptured and discharged something, but it looks like there's still more in his lip.

    Aside from his fins being clamped, his color is good, his eyes are clear and he ate when I fed him a few hours ago.

    Anyone have a similar experience, and by extension, advice as to how to proceed? I don't want to treat for the wrong thing.


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    What are your water parameters?

    That will help in figuring out what is wrong and how to treat it.

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    Water seems perfect. (Nitrates less than 20 ppm, nitrites 0, soft water, 0 chlorine, alkalinity is ideal, ph is 7.5, temp is 75, gravel substrate cleaned Thursday with water change. I changed the sponge and the carbon same day on AC20. 0 ammonia.)

    I do have a brown algae problem, which prompted the addition of the ghost shrimp, but they've been in the tank for a month now and underwent a quarantine period.

    I'm starting to wonder if he may have gotten into an altercation with one of the shrimp as he's been perking up since my post. The "wound" is still visible though.

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    What is your ammonia reading?

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