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Old 07-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Excessive Mucous

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.75 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees constantly
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? dried blood worms and tropical flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once or twice daily

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How often do you perform a water change? 25% every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? BettaSafe water conditioner.

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My betta has made several bubble nests in the past however; he has not made one recently (last month or so). Yet, he has lots of mucous in his bowl. Mostly floating at the top in strings but some in mid-float and some at the bottom. It makes the water not clear and it makes a coat on the surface of the water. When he gets blood worms, when they touch the water, it pushes the coat away from where they fall.

I want to make sure he's not sick or anything. It has been going on since he stopped making bubble nests a month ago. (I do not breed him, he is just my pet friend).
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:37 AM   #2 
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Hmmm... It could be he is sick or is trying not to get sick, and is shedding his slime coat. What you are describing sounds like what my female had in her tank after she jumped out. She was shedding her slime coat like crazy to prevent infection. It was long and mucousy and floated.
I'm not really sure, but I wanted to reply so your post didn't get lost.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:03 AM   #3 
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My betta jumped out of his bowl near the end of march/ early june, this year. And it hasnt been like this for that long. He had gotten fin rot right after this problem started so I treated him with medication. Is it possible it didn't cure all of it and hes fighting to not get it again?
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:56 AM   #4 
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Yes, it's possible. It took a few weeks for the build up of mucous in my girl's tank be be obvious, so he could have been shedding it for a while, and you're just now noticing. The thing with slime coats is that they stick to everything and you can't always get it out unless you take everything out and do a 100% water change (you don't have to do that though.) Whenever you do a water change, just suck out what you can find and then eventually you'll get it all. You may want to add some stress coat or do a round of aquarium salt to help him out.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #5 
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Retreating him with the same medication would probably make it worse, correct?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:35 PM   #6 
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possibly, if he's shedding his slime coat as a reaction to the medication. I would just keep up with warm, clean water (that's what I did, and it worked well) as your best bet. You could add Stress coat, which is a water conditioner that can be used as a "medication" for injuries, etc as well. You add more to the water than you would if you were just conditioning your tap water to make it tank ready. (I'm not sure the dosage, you will have to look at the directions)
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:24 PM   #7 
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I've noticed in my unplanted tanks there are floating things similar to what you've described. As the tanks have aged they have become less. Just a thought.

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