This morning when I fed & checked on my fishies I noticed that one of my girls in my sorority tank had a white half stringy, half plump thing attached to her belly. I watched until it fell off & confirmed it was poop. It was completely white. I scooped it out, but because I was leaving for work & already running late I couldn't do anything right away. I will be home this afternoon & can stop by the store for meds after work if need be.
A quick background on her, the other girls & the tank. I've had her for about 3-4 weeks. Her & another girl I bought at the same time were qt for a week. Neither of them showed any signs of illness at that point & have been in the sorority tank for 2-3 weeks. The girls who were already in the tank showed no signs of illness (I've had each of them for about 2-4 months) & still don't. All the girls, including the one with white poo, are eating, swimming, & show no signs of color loss.
What should my next step be? Should I wait or start treatment right away? If I should start a treatment immediately what would your reccomendations be? I can qt her for treatment or I can qt my lives plants & treat the whole tank if need be. I don't want to take any chances with their health since I am very attached to my fish.
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78-80
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? 5 female bettas all together
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hakari pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day
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? water conditioner to remove clorine, chloramines, & heavy metals
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: low (can't remember exactly since I'm at work, but in a safe range)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? it hasn't changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? it hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 hours ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? don't know