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Old 07-02-2013, 02:54 PM   #1 
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What is this on my betta?

It is like a white, papery sheet that grows on him overnight, and it flakes right off and sinks when I get him to swim around. It covers his sides, and doesn't really grow on his fins. It has grown on him overnight for the third night in the last week, and the three days were not consecutive. These pictures show it after most of it has flaked off this morning.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...c/DSCF8185.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...c/DSCF8186.jpg

I think he might also have some fin rot issue on his tail fin, though it doesn't seem to get any worse or go away, so I'm not sure if this dark streak is just his natural color or something. It looks a little raggedy on the end, and it wasn't like that when I bought him:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...c/DSCF8189.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...c/DSCF8192.jpg

I bought this betta about a week and a half ago, and he seemed perfectly healthy. The night I brought him home, he sprouted some cottonmouth fungus, and I began treating him with jungle fungus eliminator and stress coat in a half gallon tank with daily water changes. The cotton fungus stuff seemed to have cleared up, and he seems to not be suffering. He eats eagerly, swims around when he sees me, and the fish was blowing new bubble nests every night up until last night. He did not make a bubble nest last night, which has me worried that he may not be feeling well now.

I have been thinking about returning him to the store, because I do not know how to treat this and maybe they could treat him at the store...

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First of all, they WON'T treat him at the store. They'll throw him in the back room with bettafix and he will die there.

Here's what I think it is: fin rot and slime coat shed. Both are super easy to treat.

Slime coat could be shedding due to water params so take a sample to the store and have them give you readings for ammonia, nitrate and nitrite and pH. Bettas like a low pH and naturally come from areas where the water is low pH from dead leaves. You can buy indian almond leaves online for very cheap, oak leaves dried out or you can buy tetra brand blackewater extract . These will neutralize the water.

How often do you change the water? Because with the slime coat and fin rot you're going to need to do daily-every second day water changes. Fin rot usually clears up on it's own as long as you nip it in the bud with warm clean water.


eta- what conditioner do you use on the water? and what is the temp?
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #3 
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I have been doing daily 100% water changes with fungus eliminator and stress coat to treat him.
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You'll need to get your tap water tested either from a home kit you buy or get the store to do it. Most stores do it free.
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