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Old 09-04-2012, 10:48 PM   #1 
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Fungal Infection? Please Advise~

Hey all. I've noticed some white, cottony stuff on my crowntail's fins. I first noticed it several days ago, but it was so minimal I honestly thought he had maybe picked up a bit of poo on himself or something. But now, I notice it on ALL of his fins, not just his pectoral fin. Nothing has changed about his behavior, energy, or appetite, I just noticed these cottony white bits on the very edge of his tail fin and one of his pectoral fins. I can't get him to stay still long enough to get a good picture, sorry. The stuff is very fine, too, so it's difficult to see unless you are right up against the tank staring at him.

Anyway, I am thinking it is a fungal infection, maybe? Or would this be external parasites? Again, the fish is not behaving oddly, and his appetite is as good as ever. I did a 100% water change today, but I have not yet added anything other than conditioner to his water.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79 degrees
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? Aqueon pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets 1x a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Used to be 2x per week... now 1x per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon Betta Bowl Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Not tested, though I have strips and I also have a liquid Ammonia test kit.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? White cottony bits on the very tips of his fins... left pectoral and tail
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days ago... they have progressed during the past few days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I am seeking advice first
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not ill, but he had ripped his fin when I first got him. It is healing nicely at this point and is almost completely back to normal.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I am unsure. I have had him for a month and a half. I think he was very young when I got him from the pet store; he has grown at least a half inch in body size since I got him.

On a side note, can anyone tell me if it is safe to use the same gravel vac between this fish's tank and my other one? I wouldn't want to get my other fish sick, but I'm not sure if using the same gravel vac would do that. Any insight? Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #2 
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Thats the very beginning of it yes. You can go two ways; one is the salts, clean water and stress coat or the other is fungal medication.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:13 PM   #3 
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Thats the very beginning of it yes. You can go two ways; one is the salts, clean water and stress coat or the other is fungal medication.
Thanks for the reply. I was pretty sure it was a fungal infection. Which method do you recommend? I want to do what's best for my little guy. Also, are fungal infections usually fatal or do they have a high survival rate? I really don't want Drago to die... :(
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:22 PM   #4 
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they are very much survivable, its only when they reach the body do you start to get more complicated. I love the more natural way myself (I even add Indian Almond Leaves) but the salts and stress coat will take longer to completely heal (roughly a week and a half) while a general fungal cure will take about a week. I honestly have no opinion on which one though, I've used both ways with a lot of success.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #5 
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Okay, good to hear they are not indefinitely fatal. :) Drago's tank isn't filtered, so I am almost tempted to go the medication route, since it will be very easy to simply clean everything out once the medicine has done its job and put fresh water in there again. I will stop by my LPS tomorrow and see what they have in stock. If they don't have fungal medication, I'll go the natural route with AQ salt and stress coat.

What is the dosing for AQ salt? This is a 2.5 gallon tank.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #6 
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the box recommends 1/2 tsp per gallon (double check that) and the stress coat is 1ml per gallon.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:41 PM   #7 
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Thank you for all your help! Hopefully Drago's infection will clear right up with either the medication or the salts and stress coat. Guh, the money I spend on these fish. But my little guys are always worth it~

Whoever said fish keeping is a cheap hobby... obviously never had fish, huh? LOL
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #8 
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lol oh yeah... its gets worse as the tank size gets up too lol
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:48 AM   #9 
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Quick question... since Drago is sick, is it alright to use the same gravel siphon in Zen's tank? The last thing I want is two sick fish. :( Would it be alright if I ran a vinegar solution through it, maybe? Zen's tank is due for a water change tomorrow (I'm in the process of cycling, so I don't want to put it off at all).
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yeah I would give it a good rinse with the vinegar solution just to be safe
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