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Pinpointing your Betta's symptoms is the first step in diagnosing, treating and hopefully curing your beloved fish.
(If your betta doesn't fall into any of these symptoms/categories then I would suggest full water changes, add 1 tsp of Aquarium Salt per gallon of water. Once your betta is well either stop with the salt or lower the dosage to 1/2 tsp per gallon. Make sure and use treated water that is the same temperature, ideal temperature is 76F. This is what I would tell you if you emailed me, so it will save you an email :)  )

Does your Betta appear flashing, darting, rapidly swimming, have spots on it's body, white string material on it's body?
Yes    No













Tiny, yellowish-white spots, loss of color, rubbing or scratching against the bottom?
Yes    No


















Your fish has Velvet or another protozoan disease.


Coppersafe, Acraflavin, Maracide, Aquari-Sol

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White spots which may  cover entire body, rubbing & scratching against the bottom?
Yes    No

















 (Ichthyophthirius), a most serious disease. Almost all cultured fish are susceptible. NOTE : Some fish do not develop spots on the skin. Heavy infections may be on the gills and show no evidence of disease on other parts of the body.


Aquari-Sol, Quick Cure, Malachite Green, Coppersafe, Maracide,

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Worms, gill flukes, leaches, gyrodactylus, trichodina, multicellular external parasites or white spots on the body?

If yes . . .Parasites


Formalin 3, Permoxyn

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Whitish tuffs of cotton-like material found on the fin, tail and body at sites of injury?
Yes    No





































Grayish white stringy material covering most of the body, white or gray patches?

Body Fungus


BettaMax, MethyBlu, Ampicillex, Acraflavin

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Appears to have trouble staying at the bottom? Constantly floats to the top of the tank and possibly floats on it's side?
Yes    No
















Swim Bladder Disorder

Your betta may be suffering from Swim Bladder Disorder. It is usually not life threatening and in many cases is correctable. It is most times caused by a change in diet. Visit our page on Swim Bladder Disorder for more information.
















Appears sluggish, hiding, not eating or may have a swollen body or red spots, red streaks or bleeding on body area?
Yes    No
















Bacterial infection
Does your fish have :

a swollen body with scales poking out like a pine cone? 

bleeding or red streaks on body?

If your fish does not have a swollen body or red streaks, yet still is acting sluggish, has lost it's color & possibly appetite, then he may be suffering from unseen parasites.


















Maracyn-Two, Tetracycline

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