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Old 08-06-2011, 08:58 AM   #21 
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Excessive slime coat, sloughing the slime coat is usually an indication of an irritant of some type...either from the water itself, external parasites-even salt can cause this reaction.....watch for other symptoms like flashing, stops eating, hiding , becomes lethargic....etc.....if you haven't already...make a water change....
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #22 
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i do water changes twice a day for this guy, since hes in the little walmart cup floating in his tank right now. as to irritants, i cant imagine what would be irritating him, unless its salt. theres a bit of salt in there becuase originally i thought his fins had issues, but if it was the slime coat being irritated should i take out the salt and just leave his water as is?
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:36 PM   #23 
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Sodium chloride (aquarium salt) is irritating to the fish-but-that is what you want it to do....this make the fish create more slime coat for protection, healing....etc.....

Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) is usually not irritating as bad as the NaCl

Heavy metals in the water can be irritating and chlorine, chloramine...all an irritant that can cause excessive slime coat...you also have external parasites but you usually will see flashing and over medicating and over use of a lot of different chemicals in the tank can cause excessive slime coat production.....

What all are you using in the water...I would not change the water more than once a day even in the small temporary container.....
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #24 
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currently the water is treated with aquasafe and has just a pinch of AQ salt.
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