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Old 06-27-2012, 04:58 AM   #11 
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Regardless of what this was, it WAS scary (I have had fish for years and NEVER seen anything like it). I'm taking both the bodies and a water sample to the store i got them from, but since i did such a large water changes it might be useless. I must say, this whole experience has given me bad vibes about this store...

As for disinfecting, I think Ill just toss the plants and keep the tank. What is a good cleaning solution for the tank walls? 1 part bleach 9 parts water? Is the gravel worth salvaging?
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:54 PM   #12 
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oh jeez im sorry to hear that :(
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #13 
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

I recently lost a fish to this "mystery disease" and he looked just like your fish in the second photo -- with the gray spot that spread (rapidly) over his body.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #14 
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I agree with jriley & all on the aggressive columnaris - according to my research, it really gets rampant in the summer months as it loves high temps and weakened fish (easy in the heat/temp swings/new fish, etc).

I'm really sorry you lost your fish, it's a horrible disease. I keep antibiotic at hand at all times now, in case I see this. I lost a fish to the slow kind, but it was pretty horrible, too..
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:13 AM   #15 
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I agree as well. The only thing that worries me is i can't get my tank under 81 degrees as its stupidly hot in my apartment. I have a new boy set up in a 5.5 gallon.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:18 AM   #16 
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I've had this same thing years ago, and it kills quickly without significant meds, and even then it's iffy. Throw out *everything*. I kept trying to clean everything, and just ended up killing lots of attempted rescue bettas. They had the same symptoms, same rapid death, and it's almost impossible to get out of everything without some serious cleaning/sterilization. If you have a filter, unless it's a fancy filter, I'd toss it too. If you keep the filter, make sure that you get rid of everything that's NOT hard plastic in it, as any sponges or mesh can harbor the fungus and will be next to impossible to get fully clean.

I finally ended up getting rid of all gravel (switched over to marbles because they can be boiled), ran everything through a dishwasher heavy cycle with detergent, then a second one without detergent to rinse at very high temps, and then I set the tank outside for about a month to *bake* in the sun. Only then did I reuse the tank without having this same thing strike again, and again, and again.
If you have decorations that you hate to part with, boil them. Boil them until a good deal of the water evaporates. You are effectively sterilizing your tank with this, it's similiar to what autoclaves do to sterile instruments for surgery.
This is the only thing that worked for me. This thing doesn't really follow the traditional rules for fungus, so I'm not sure if it really is one, but whatever it is, it's bad, and it's been in the betta community for the last 13-14 years, because that was the last time I kept having trouble with it.

I know that people say that you need to keep some bacteria in the tanks, but with this, you've got to kill everything to make sure it doesn't come back. Just as long as you clean it all thoroughly, to the point that nothing, not even fungal spores, can survive, then you'll be fine. :) You can always restart with fresh, good bacteria. It's not worth having whatever this is in there just waiting around.

I kept Jungle Fungus Eliminator on hand, and if any of my guys got it (it was coming from the pet stores, not just one, several of them in my area), then I'd *immediately* start the Jungle treatment and they usually survived. If they're strong to begin with, then they're usually okay.

I'm so sorry about your fish, and I don't mean to scare anyone. It's not horrible to get rid of if you just make sure that everything is *really, really* clean, and then you're fine. :) It's just usually not worth it to clean anything except the tank. :)

Good luck to you, just clean that sucker to within an inch of it's life, and you'll be safely ready for new fish. :)
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