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Old 05-18-2012, 12:48 PM   #1 
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Possible parasites?

Hello, I just noticed Alpha (my lead sorority girl) has what looks to be an open wound in her belly, which I know could have come from one of the other girls. What's strange to me is there is some white stringy patches coming out of the wound, and i'm concerned that it could be parasites instead. (none of the other girls exhibit any symptoms) and Alpha is still swimming, and eating regularly.

What size is your tank? 10gallons
What temperature is your tank? 82degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? yes Whisper 10i, and aqua tech 5-15
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes, an airation bar
Is your tank heated? yes, 1
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 4 other sorority girls that have been together since December, minimal fighting

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Frozen blood worms as atreat, TOP fin betta pellets otherwise
How often do you feed your betta fish? every day

How often do you perform a water change? weekly 25-30%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-30
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stresscoat

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Havn't tested since I moved last week

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? gaping wound in belly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Imediately did a water change, and am quarentining the girl
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1-2 years
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #2 
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It is most likely a slime coat forming over it to heal. Just keep the water extra clean and warm and add a bit of stress coat to the water :) Hope this helps, even if a little!
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