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Old 05-03-2011, 09:41 PM   #1 
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saprolegnia or columnaris? help clampy :(

I just noticed a gray fuzzy growth on the bottom of his fin today (must have appeared very recently)

It is "furry" looking and gray, the fin underneath it looks black, dark grey

I went to the fish stores just now and no where can i find any antibiotic, maricyn or anything
I did come home with jungle fungus clear becasue it has nitrofurazone an antibacterial that was recommended somewhere online
is this an antibiotic?
It came in huge fizzing tabs for ten gallon, i can split it up for a 1 gallon QT tank if it is good to use

What can I do?

Here is a link to what the fuzz looks like and also a picture that is a little blurry of clampy's fin

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:42 PM   #2 
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He's in a divided 3 way ten gallon
It is 78 degrees
I did a 90% wc four days ago
tank is uncycled
haven't tested ammonia but assume it is under .25 ppm
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:07 PM   #3 
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I put him in a 1.5 gallon QT tank with some of the jungle fungus clear a large part of his fin has fallen halfway off where it is affected. I am wondering if I should cut the whole thing off?
I put the other fish in QT tanks as well and am wondering if I should treat them with anything though they have no symptoms.
Also what about my tank? I shut it down, but it has live plants in it, how am I going to sanitize it? this sucks, i hope clampy doesn't croak and i am doing the right thing.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:54 AM   #4 
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a large chunk of the affected area oh his fin just fell off, but there is still some more of the grey cottony stuff on his fin
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:15 AM   #5 
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I would get him in high dose aquarium salt 3tsp/gal in a small QT that can be floated in the heated tank to maintain water temp in the 75-76F range....make 100% daily water changes with the aquarium salt 3tsp/gal.....

Pre-mix the treatment water in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water-add the 3tsp/gal of salt and any tannins if you have them...either IAL or dried oak leaf and use this pre-mixed water for the daily water changes....

If he is still eating feed high protein foods-small amounts several times a day

Watch the other fish and make 100% daily water changes on them with fresh dechlorinated water....

Good luck and keep us posted.....
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:20 PM   #6 
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Thank you for the advice OFL, very much appreciated as always.
Today the rest of the affected fin is hanging off, it looks like it will be falling off soon.
Clampy is very active and happy today, and voracious as ever :)
I will update this thread with what happens
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:31 PM   #7 
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Clampy's so pretty; hope he is feeling better soon! :)
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:30 PM   #8 
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Thanks, that's very kind of you to say
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:39 AM   #9 
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Just an update-He's doing better.

The entire bottom of his anal fin that was covered in the gray fuzzy stuff fell off.
I am treating him in a QT tank w/ 3 tsp Aquarium salt per gallon at 75 degrees as recommended by Old Fish Lady with 100% water changes each day.
His fin is very ragged and I have noticed some pin holes in his fins too.
It was a pretty dramatic, fast take over of the fin and a large piece that fell off (I think this all happened in 24 hours) so I am sure the fin is very raw at the end so i think the aq salt and wc are really necessary to help it not get infected-yuck

The other bettas I took out of the tank are showing no signs of what I now suspect was saprolegnia.

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Old 05-06-2011, 07:27 AM   #10 
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It is amazing (and scary) how quickly a betta can become over taken by illness.

Good luck on his recovery! :)
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