Hi, does anyone have any experience with white stringy looking things on betta's fins?
I'm having a tough time with my bettas lately, just lost a girl to what I think started as a bacterial infection during a power outage?? (different tank) and learned that even 75 degree room is a bit too cold for a betta, so I bought them all heaters last week. My crowntail looked just fine until I put his heater in, I have been watching them all VERY carefully the last 2 weeks. Put the heater between 78-80 degrees and a week later he has white strings hanging from his fins that weren't there before. His tail looks like it has gotten shorter but there are no dark areas or red areas anywhere. (his tail and fins are white). I did a search on here and found a thread that said it could be a fungus which thrives in warm water so I turned his heater down to 77 degrees, and there are larger white strings today. He doesn't seem to notice that anything is wrong.
I do have Tetra fungus guard here which on the label shows the same ingredients as Jungle fungus clear. But I wanted to check with other posters to see if this is definitely a fungus before I treat him.
Also, I should start daily water changes, right? And keep the water temp around 75-76?
What size is your tank? 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-77 degrees
, was 78-80 before I turned it down yesterday
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No, but I have one I can use if I start medication.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flakes, pellets, freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? every day w/ one day a week fast
How often do you perform a water change? every 5 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, 1/2 tsp aquarium salt per gallon
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: I just did a water change when I noticed this, so I didn't check what the parameters were when this started happening!
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? white strings hanging from his fins, tail getting shorter but no dark or red areas, just strings
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not at all, he doesn't notice
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? turned heat down to 77 after reading it could be a fungus that thrives in warm water.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 mos