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Old 01-24-2010, 01:08 PM   #1 
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Stringy stuff?

I woke up this morning to check on my bettas and I found Joshy swimming around just fine accept theres like, stringy stuff on him. He was scaring my last night a bit because his scales looked like they were popping out a bit, but it was just my imagination.
Anyways, what in the world is that stringy stuff? Its not pure white but its not clear either. Any advice?? Should I give him a salt bath while I clean his tank today??
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:12 PM   #2 
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I think he has
Columnaris
Symptoms: Fuzzy, cotton-like substance attached to body (looks like fuzz or lint) , clear or white stringy material hanging from the body CHECK, erosion of the gills, heavy breathing, pinholes appearing in fins. Usually effects the mouth or head region. Also may appear as yellowish, white, or greyish areas on the skin CHECK, often surrounded by redness HE has red there that was never there before.

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Old 01-24-2010, 01:42 PM   #3 
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That was my thought. Is he by himself in the tank? Assume you already cleaned the tank?
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:44 PM   #4 
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Yeah hes alone, and I cleaned the tank, gravel, decor, very very well. And I went ahead and gave him a salt bath.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:40 PM   #5 
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Oh, no!! I'm sorry about Joshy!
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:44 PM   #6 
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Hes doing the same thing that adolf did, swimming at the bottom of the tank. Ugh I hope he makes it. If he died that would be horrible!
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:49 PM   #7 
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Here's the treatment.

Treatment:

Change water
Vacuum gravel
Add aquarium salt
Treat with copper sulfate or antibiotic
Discontinue carbon filtration during treatment

External infections should be treated with antibiotics or chemicals in the water. Copper sulfate, Acriflavine, Furan, and Terramycin may all be used externally to treat Columnaris. Terramycin has proven to be quite effective both as a bath, and when used to treat foods for internal infections. Salt may be added to the water to enhance gill function. Livebearers in particular will benefit from the addition of salt, however use caution when treating catfish, as many are sensitive to salt.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:15 PM   #8 
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Hm, i will have to ask my mom to pick up some of those anntibiotics. Would I be able to get some from wal mart or an actual pet store?
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:14 PM   #9 
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You might have better luck at an actual petstore or, if you are able, order it online.
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