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Old 07-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #1 
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Question Body Slime Infection or Columnaris?

I understand that there is a big difference between the two, but it sounds like they look fairly similar. The reason I'm wondering is that my betta, Merlin, is clamped, has a bit of film or white growth (hard to tell) and it's at the edges of his scales and fins (can't get a good look at his mouth) so I just want to know how to tell the difference.

Also, should I isolate him away from Dragoon or should I just treat the whole tank once I know what it is.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:55 AM   #2 
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Have you fed him yet? Sometimes you can get a look at their mouth when they go to snatch the food. Can you get a pic?
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I've tried getting pictures, but my camera isn't showing anything of what is there :/

I will try feeding him to get a shot.
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Yeah they don't tend to cooperate for pics. can you cup him in a clear cup?
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Here are the pictures I could take, he's always had a lighter colored lower jaw, but in some of them I think you can see what I'm talking about on his tail in several of the pictures, not a lot of them though. He hasn't lost his appetite though.







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Old 07-13-2013, 11:12 AM   #6 
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What's the water temp in the tank?

Columnaris thrives at higher temps. Increasing water changes will help reduce the amount of it in the water, as will decreasing the water temp. It can also be treated using a gram negative antibiotic.

Body slime disease is usually caused by parasites. It can be treated by raising the water temp (and adding salt) and doing frequent water changes, or with antiparasite meds.

ETA: I can't see much in the photos right now. I'll look later when I'm on my regular computer.

Do you have any live plants in the tank?

Here's a good article about slime disease: http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-heal...e-disease.aspx

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:14 AM   #7 
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The temperature of the tank is between 79-82 degrees (sorry it's not more accurate, both the heater and thermometer are set up that way where you can't quite get the most accurate reading/setting).
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Sorry - I edited my previous post, but you had already seen the original....

Do you have live plants?

Also, here's a description of body slime disease: http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-heal...e-disease.aspx
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There are no live plants in the tank & thank you for the article. There parameters are where they should be in the tank. (Thank you for the article).
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #10 
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I would start with a partial water change. Regardless of whether it's bacterial or parasitical, a water change will remove some of their numbers.
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