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Old 04-14-2013, 03:14 PM   #1 
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Body Slime Infection?

We got a new EE boy yesterday for a community tank but that didn't work out so we floated him in his PetCo cup in the sorority. He's still in there, we are getting him a tank today. Last night I noticed he had a some raised scales but I figured he just needed a bit of TLC or got too hot. Today he has billowing tufts of a white stringy fungus coming out! It is two lines and only in one patch. He also has part of a missing tail which I put down to tail biting but know it's getting me to question that.

He is floating in the sorority so housing questions might be a bit confusing.

What size is your tank? PetCo cup, maybe 1/2 liter?
What temperature is your tank? 79ish
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? Omega One Betta Buffet
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x day, 2-3 pellets at a time

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Just got him so none so far but will be doing daily until finished with treatment.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% will be done
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5-10
pH: 6-6.5
Hardness:N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Billowing tufts of white fungus
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Just got him so unknown
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night/this morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? A tiny pinch of AQ salt. 5 crystals about
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3-6 months maybe?

I know I didn't listen much when Rossi had his fungus but I was in a seriously foul attitude. (Thank you for being sexist mother nature) I have no clue what to do for this if someone can please help.

This is more of a shot of the tail but you can see the fungus up by the pectorals.

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Old 04-14-2013, 03:19 PM   #2 
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Ack!!! He was lying on his side when I checked on him but he got air and went back down. Here are two more pics where you can see the fungus better.

He was sold as a halfmoon. Ya okay.


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Old 04-14-2013, 04:22 PM   #3 
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Please help! I don't want him to die!
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #4 
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I am floating him in Finn's cup because Finn likes lower temps and stays at around 74-72. Hopefully that will help get rid of the fungus. I added 1 1/2 tbsp. to the girl's tank as I'm sure some water got swapped.

What else can I do?
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #5 
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #6 
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IT's doubled in size someone please please help! What can we buy to treat him?
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:39 PM   #7 
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does he appear to have any white spots on his body? if so do they look fuzzy?
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #8 
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They are on his body. One behind his pectoral one in front behind the gill plates. They have almost met now. He is so lethargic. They are very fuzzy and stringy. If we can't treat it and see an improvement in about a week we will probably take him back and ask for an exchange. Let them put him out of his misery.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #9 
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Ok dont panic, we will do our best :)
I have the suspicion that it is Columnaris... but I know little about this since I just have my first run in with it. I am going to get help just because Id really hate to ell you it something and have it turn out to be something else...so just stay calm Help is on the way :)
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #10 
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It also sounds like columnaris to me. I had a run-in with this last week with my new betta boy. I treated him in a heated 2.5 gallon hospital tank with Maracyn and Maracyn 2, aquarium salt, and stress coat. If he has started bloating or pineconing, don't use the salt. The best thing at this point may be to get him in his own, quiet and stressless tank with clean water and the right medicines.
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