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Old 06-29-2013, 12:14 PM   #1 
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White string coming from bettas underside???

there is a weird white string coming from my bettas underside, he is lethargic and isn't really eating. Help!
He seems to be moving around a bit more than yesterday though.
I've only had him for a few days, he ate the first two days I had him but hasn't eaten today or yesterday.
Temp is 80
Parameters are all good.


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Old 06-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #2 
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Hi there Visionist sorry to you hear your Betta is having some problems. I am sure the other members can give you some advise on how to help him, while you wait for other members to come along and help if you could please fill out this form that would be most useful so the members will have more information about your Betta...Thanks and I hope he feels better soon.

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Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
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How often do you feed your betta fish?

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How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:39 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 8g
What temperature is your tank? 80f
Does your tank have a filter? fluval mini submersible
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Filter does this
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 3 ghost shrimp

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 30/40% weekly, 50% twice in the past few days
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Nutrafin Water conditioner

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? White string
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No

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Old 06-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #4 
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I bought some aquarium salt. Is there anything else I should get.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:59 PM   #5 
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You should use maracyn2 or plus,, that should help you out, its symtomatic of a digestive issue.. dont wait to long.. if he is eating your good , one they stop eating your gonna have a problem.. just follow instructions..
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:03 PM   #6 
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You should use maracyn2 or plus,, that should help you out, its symtomatic of a digestive issue.. dont wait to long.. if he is eating your good , one they stop eating your gonna have a problem.. just follow instructions..
I bought tetra fungus guard. No pet store here has any maracyn products. Fungus guard says to treat bacterial and fungus problems.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:51 PM   #7 
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Definitely some kind of fungus, he now has a few white fuzzy patches on him. I assume the white string is him being slightly constipated as he looks a little bloated.
Did a 40% water change then added the medication, the water turned green from it but otherwise everything seems to be fine.

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #8 
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The white string is probably internal parasites. What Jungle fungus clear? They sell that at Walmart. That would treat the initial fungus problem. It worked for sick female I had in quarantine. I added triple sulfa thereafter. You normally would treat the parasites with metranidizole. However, if your fish is fuzzy that is the outright immediate challenge that must be treated immediately. You could attack that first with the Jungle fungus clear and Triple sulfa and get the parasites once your fish is recovering from that.
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The white string is probably internal parasites. What Jungle fungus clear? They sell that at Walmart. That would treat the initial fungus problem. It worked for sick female I had in quarantine. I added triple sulfa thereafter. You normally would treat the parasites with metranidizole. However, if your fish is fuzzy that is the outright immediate challenge that must be treated immediately. You could attack that first with the Jungle fungus clear and Triple sulfa and get the parasites once your fish is recovering from that.
Like I said, I got Tetra fungus guard and I have put it in the tank already. There is also fungus on my aquarium plants now, I'm hoping that the fungus medication + my shrimp will take care of the plant fungus as well...
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #10 
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I managed to remove the white string, I got him into his net and slid my finger along his bottom, dislodging whatever it was, it was sticky, kind of like snot.
Currently he is staying at the top of the tank breathing only atmospheric oxygen it seems, maybe the medication makes it a bit more difficult to breathe. Either way he seems a bit more energetic.
It also seems that the fungus has started to cause minor fin rot, the ends of part of his tail are red, along with one of his pectoral fins.
Now that I look, you can actually see the redness in the first picture I posted.

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