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Old 12-16-2012, 04:35 PM   #1 
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white fuzzies

Housing
What size is your tank? 10gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? 2 other females and a male platy

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega 1 Betta Buffet
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 pellet twice a day, skip sundays

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra Aquasafe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? n/a

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes, i found a wound around her gills from where someone bit her but that wound has now got little white fuzzies around it and hanging off it and it looks like they have spread to the bottom of her stomach and possibly the other side, but there could be a wound under there but i cant see anything.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? She has become increasing lethargic over the past couple of days.

When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 3-4 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no, but shes in a 1/2 gal heated QT tank as of this morning

Does your fish have any history of being ill? not that i know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? maybe 6 months to a year, ive only had her for about 2 months.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #2 
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Does the fuzzy stuff look like this? Www.squidoo.com/Betta-fungus
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:51 PM   #3 
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i cant really see the picture, but it might be that.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #4 
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Has she been losing color? Is it only on her gills, is it spreading?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #5 
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I think it's either velvet or fungus.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #6 
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she hasnt really lost any color, and its on one gill and then on the other side of her body on her stomach in a little spot. it may have spread from her gill to that other side of her body because i didnt notice that spot until today.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #7 
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She could also have Saprolegnia. It is like a parasite and mostly attacks already weak bettas. It is also highly contagious.

If it is saprolegnia then I would use 1tsp of AQ salt and make sure she has a clean tank! :)
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #8 
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How long has your tank been set up? Was it cycled before you added fish? I would check water parameters.

Can you please share photos? Fuzzies are either a fungus or columnaris. In either case, I would quarantine and treat with Kanaplex. If you can't find Kanaplex I'd look for Maracyn Plus (not to be confused with Maracyn or Maracyn II) or Furan 2.

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