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Old 08-20-2011, 01:02 AM   #1 
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White-clearish slime ?

I noticed today my new King male, Douglas has an odd white fuzz/slime type thing on the left side of his face/body. It's quite small, and I don't know what it is. Please don't tell me to go fill out the form, I just got him and I know there must be a simple reason for this. D:

He's swimming around actively, breathing normally, eating like the little piggy he is ( :D ).. I just don't know what this is.

It's not really white.. It's like clear-white, and it's not thick either, just like a slimy think layer on part of his body. NOT ich.


PLEASE HELP SOON!
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:42 AM   #2 
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If you could snap a picture it may help in a diagnosis.
Also if you could tell us what size tank the fish is in, the temperature, what water treatments (if any) you're using, how often do you change the water, and anything else you feel is important to share.
It sounds like it might be his slime coat rubbing off, but then again it could be something more serious.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:21 AM   #3 
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1g bowl
78 degrees water temp.
No water treatments yet.. Suggest any?
100% water changes 2x a week

I don't have a clue.. Please help!
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:51 AM   #4 
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No water treatments? I assume you do have dechlorinator?
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:54 AM   #5 
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Could be part of his slime coat coming off. If he was a pet store betta, he was in bad water and he probably created excess slime coat to stave off infection and external parasites.
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Then again it could be velvet. Could you get a pic?
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:16 PM   #7 
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Typically you will see a fish's slime coat rubbing off when it's either been in poor quality water (like what's seen in the pet store) or when water conditioner has not been used. Chlorine and heavy metals in regular tap water are toxic to fish and can cause damage like removing the slime coat, and curling the fins. If you haven't already, pick up some API Tap Water Conditioner, or Tetra Aquasafe+. Those are just the two I'm most familiar with, any tap water conditioner made for fish will do. It must be used during every water change period in order to detoxify any metals or chlorine that may be in the water.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:27 PM   #8 
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I agree with Metalbetta about the water conditioners. Not all water conditioners remove heavy metals though. I know Stress Coat does and so does Prime, both are great products.
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LOL OMG. I'm sorry, I do use water conditioner and dechlorinator.. I'm so sorry for the confusion.

BUT YAY THANK YOU! I'm so glad he's okay! :)
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