I noticed today that one of my girls seems to have excess slime on her. It's not white and she's not acting lethargic, nor has she lost her appetite. She is in a breeder's box in my ten gallon while the girls get used to her before she is released into the sorority. Is it possible the stress coat I'm using is just providing too much of a slime coat for her? None of the other girls are showing any symptoms of anything, and this fish showed no symptoms while quarantined individually. Should I remove her from the sorority? Or is excess slime okay?
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 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? 4 other female bettas
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1x per day
How often do you perform a water change? 1x per 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? Stress Coat (also have Prime available)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Hardness: did not test
Alkalinity: did not test
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She seems to have excess slime on her or else her slime coat seems to be sloughing off.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None, though she was a bit beaten up when I first got her.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown... probably not more than 3.5 months.
I will try to get a picture as soon as my camera cooperates.