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Old 03-04-2011, 10:59 AM   #1 
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please help

There is some white fluffy stuff taking over my bettas. Ill try and get a pic. Does anyone kno what it is and how I can treat it?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:04 AM   #2 
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We need some more information....

How big is the tank, how much and how often are the water changes, water temp, filter, live plants, additives used, how long have you had him, appetite....any other symptoms other than the white fuzz-what part of the body did it start on and move to...
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #3 
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ok sorry

my blue betta (prince) lives in a 3 gallon tank, I do 20%-50% water changes every 3 days. The tank has an airstone filter. Ive had him for 2 weeks. My red guy (elmo) lives in a small, 1.5 gallon tank, with a filter, and a heater. I do the water changes the same as prince. They both have a bulb plant in em, with some fake plants and both have a bridge. I try and feed them only once a day, 2-3 pellets which I cut in half. As far as water goes, I boil it, and still add a water conditioner.


I just noticed the white fuzzy looking stuff today. My elmo right now is not moving much, underneath his bridge. he might be sleeping Im not sure.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:19 AM   #4 
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Here are the pics, Sorry if theyre HUGE


IDK y prince likes sticking his face between the gems...




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Old 03-04-2011, 11:25 AM   #5 
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Both you fish have the white fuzzy stuff....

I would start high doses of aquarium salt 3tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 10 days....place them in a small container that can be floated in the heated tanks to maintain a lower temp in the 75-76F range

Pre-mix the salt 3tsp/gal in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water....cup the Bettas and do back to back 50% water changes over an hour until they are in 100% of the salt water and then start 100% daily water changes with this salt water for 10 days.

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Old 03-04-2011, 11:27 AM   #6 
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My mom thinks its from the bulb plant. Its really fluffy. Will sea salt be ok? I only have iodilzed salt. And I live in a small town with only a walmart, thats always out of stock.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:33 AM   #7 
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If the plant bulbs have fungus and rotting they can degrade the water pretty fast...I would remove them.....if they are hard, growing without fungus-let them grow....

Kosher salt, pickling salt, ice cream salt will all work....you want a salt that doesn't have any of the anti-caking stuff in it....this can be toxic to fish.....
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:36 AM   #8 
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If the plant bulbs have fungus and rotting they can degrade the water pretty fast...I would remove them.....if they are hard, growing without fungus-let them grow....

Kosher salt, pickling salt, ice cream salt will all work....you want a salt that doesn't have any of the anti-caking stuff in it....this can be toxic to fish.....
Thank you very much. Any idea on what that stuff is?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #9 
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Oh one more thing. Will sea salt work because I just found some.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:42 AM   #10 
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The whitish stuff appears as if it could be a fungal infection. If the gentler salt treatment fails to treat it, a product called lifeguard is very effective against fungus.

Another possibility is Columnaris(Flexibacter columnaris).

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/di...columnaris.htm

http://www.fishvet.com/columnaris.htm
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