After dealing with this for nearly FIVE MONTHS now, I still haven't figured out what it is or how to deal with it.
My crowntail nearly always has thin, white strings coming from the ends of his rays. It looks like white hair, but when it falls off and floats around the water... it looks more like mucous. And a few of the thinner rays occasionally get covered in a white film; this stays for a week or so, falls off and leaves that ray shorter. The white strings also seem to slowly make his rays shorter.
Now, during all this... he has acted normal. However, he seems to be slowing down now, he's not quite his normal self. Still eating and pooping, but I think this stuff is finally getting to him.
Over the past 5 months I have tried:
-The simple salt, heat and clean water: No results.
-Maracyn 2: Got rid of this stuff, but it came back 3 days later.
-Tetracycline: Same as the Maracyn.
-JFE: Seems to control it somewhat.
-Maroxy: Again, controls it somewhat. (Basically meaning I see less of the white gunk while using this.)
-Cleaned 100% once a week. (Currently doing 50% changes in between these.)
-Ph is a stable 7.6.
-Ammonia is 0.
-Heated to 79 degrees.
-Currently using Aquarium Salt at a tablespoon per 5 gallons.
I'm at a total loss, and honestly... almost ready to give up on him and just see what happens. Any ideas of what's going on here? Anything else I can try?