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Old 07-23-2011, 03:10 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Crowntail with sudden appearance of fluff on fins.

When our Crowntail Charlie wandered over to greet us when we returned home this evening, I noticed extremely small clumps of cloudy fluff clinging to the ends of some his fins.

The fluff seemed to most closely resemble Columnaris. After a bit of online research, I moved Charlie to some fresh water in his cup. The transfer went smoothly and after a few gentle laps around his cup, he fell asleep. I moved his cup to the computer desk, where I could observe his fins under the desk light. Strangely, the fluff seems to have disappeared. I noticed the largest bit of it floating in the tank after I withdrew the net with Charlie -- could the net have scraped it off?

The gravel and plant have been dumped; the tank is being treated with boiling water. We don't have any medication here; we plan on waking up early to run to PetSmart, since it is 3 am here.


Tank stats:
Housing
What size is your tank? Estimated 0.65-0.85 gallons
What temperature is your tank? Variable
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets once a day OR 1 pellet twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Anywhere from a week to a month. /wince
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Jungle Fungus Clear & Jungle Start Right

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Unknown

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Very small accumulations of fluff on his tail and fins, what appeared to be even smaller amounts clinging to his body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nothing unusual; animated and social during the day, fell asleep soon after I transferred him to his cup
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This evening
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No treatment other than moving to pet cup with clean water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Very mild symptoms of fin rot around December which disappeared after a few water changes
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year


I realize Charlie's living conditions are very confining and borderline irresponsible, but as a pair of full-time uni students we haven't been able to make the best home for him. He's been very patient with us. We were saving up for a proper tank with a filter this summer, hopefully in August.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:44 AM   #2 
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When our Crowntail Charlie wandered over to greet us when we returned home this evening, I noticed extremely small clumps of cloudy fluff clinging to the ends of some his fins.

The fluff seemed to most closely resemble Columnaris. After a bit of online research, I moved Charlie to some fresh water in his cup. The transfer went smoothly and after a few gentle laps around his cup, he fell asleep. I moved his cup to the computer desk, where I could observe his fins under the desk light. Strangely, the fluff seems to have disappeared. I noticed the largest bit of it floating in the tank after I withdrew the net with Charlie -- could the net have scraped it off?
Yes, it could have. Ive had this happen before, and it never came back. Mind, if it really is that easily taken off, its likely not columnaris.

The gravel and plant have been dumped; the tank is being treated with boiling water. We don't have any medication here; we plan on waking up early to run to PetSmart, since it is 3 am here.

Be careful when boiling..



Tank stats:
Housing
What size is your tank? Estimated 0.65-0.85 gallons
I highly suggest a larger tank for better water changes (easier) and making it easier to heat. Opt for a tank thats around 2 gallons.
What temperature is your tank? Variable

This is not good. Variable, fluctuating temps stress a fish out. Please get your fish a heater and keep the tank around 77-82'F.
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets once a day OR 1 pellet twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Anywhere from a week to a month. /wince
Wince is right.. In a tank less than a gallon, opt for every day changes or every other day, please. (Which is why I suggest a larger one)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
Make sure to properly acclimate when you do!
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Jungle Fungus Clear & Jungle Start Right

You're using fungus clear in a .5 gallon tank?! OH GOD BE CAREFUL! That stuff is meant for 10 gallon tanks. Break it into half and then quarters and then the quarters in half for a proper dose. If liquid, make sure to under dose properly.
This stuff really does work for columnaris, but the water changes you will require in such a small tank is not compatible with the medicine's need for less water changes. Consider using a large, sterilite or rubbermaid container to house your fish for the time to require less water changes.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Unknown

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Very small accumulations of fluff on his tail and fins, what appeared to be even smaller amounts clinging to his body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nothing unusual; animated and social during the day, fell asleep soon after I transferred him to his cup
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This evening
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No treatment other than moving to pet cup with clean water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Very mild symptoms of fin rot around December which disappeared after a few water changes
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year


I realize Charlie's living conditions are very confining and borderline irresponsible, but as a pair of full-time uni students we haven't been able to make the best home for him. He's been very patient with us. We were saving up for a proper tank with a filter this summer, hopefully in August.
I suggest you begin using aquarium salt for a time to see if that solves the problem, so you wont need medicines. Use 2tsps/gallon of aquarium salt (so use 1tsp in your .5ish gallon) , pre-dissolved. This will help the fluff not be able to stick to the fish.

Each day, clean the tank 100%, add the water and salt back in to a good temp (heater D;) and accliamte him back in, properly. Do this every day for a week or so, and if the fluff doesnt return, you're fine. If it appears the fluff came back, then consider using the jungle fungus clear, and get a bigger temp. home for him, like a 5 gallon rubbermaid container with a lid. :) (for the time, a cheap alternative, usually about $5)
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:31 PM   #3 
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Oh is that what that is? I def thought it was fin rot when Henny had it. Part of his tail fell off :X I used that fun...Fungus clear stuff and it helped...Once the infected part of his tail fell off it was fine. XP Scared me. Wish i had known about this site then might have had him cured sooner :P
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:42 PM   #4 
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I suggest you begin using aquarium salt for a time to see if that solves the problem, so you wont need medicines. Use 2tsps/gallon of aquarium salt (so use 1tsp in your .5ish gallon) , pre-dissolved. This will help the fluff not be able to stick to the fish.

Each day, clean the tank 100%, add the water and salt back in to a good temp (heater D;) and accliamte him back in, properly. Do this every day for a week or so, and if the fluff doesnt return, you're fine. If it appears the fluff came back, then consider using the jungle fungus clear, and get a bigger temp. home for him, like a 5 gallon rubbermaid container with a lid. :) (for the time, a cheap alternative, usually about $5)
We bought aquarium salt and maracyn 2 first thing in the morning. Measured the tank again, it's about .8 gal, so far we've been adding 5/8 tsp of aquarium salt to the usual 4-5 drops of the conditioner. As for the Fungus Clear, I mash the disks into a fine powder in the packet, then store the resultant contents into a small clean cup with a lid. A few pinches of the powder gets added to the water after the conditioner with every change.

The fluff hasn't returned after that one transfer in the net, but we're only on the 2nd day of treatment. He's been a bit zippier than usual, perhaps because of the daily water changes and the fact that I threw out his plant and gravel.

There are some small tanks and decorations on sale at PetSmart this week, but we're waiting until we're sure he's healthy -- and for next month's rent to be paid up to see what our budget will look like. A rubbermaid container, that might be doable.
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