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Old 09-16-2011, 11:04 AM   #1 
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How Should I Clean After Columnaris

My fish Gunter died last night from columnaris/body slime infection. I know columnaris is contagious, so how should I clean my tank/plants/decorations/filter/heater/etc before I get another fish? And can humans suffer any adverse effects from these bacteria?

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:26 PM   #2 
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It is very, very rare for a healthy hobbyist to catch anything from your tanks/fish, however, if immune compromised-greater care needs to be made....

It is good standard practice to wash your hands before and after working on your tank, fish and touching fish foods....more allergic reactions are related to medications and food then the actual tank/fish.....

The bacteria responsible for columnaris is always in the tank-numbers are kept in check by water changes, stable water temps and the Betta own immune response keeps it from infection them......
Once the right conditions are present-it can infect the Betta-Two strains-one that is fast moving and can kill the fish within 12-24h and a second that the Betta can be treated and recover....

When the Betta dies as a result of columnaris-depending on the setup-if the tank has an established nitrogen cycle-I would make a couple of water changes and clean the filter media in dechlorinated water....if it a small unfiltered/uncycled tank-make a good 100% water change.....

No matter what you clean the tank with-the water will have this bacteria-by maintaining quality water, stable water temps and close observation for injury etc.....prevention is the best or only way to keep it from infecting the Betta....

Sorry for your loss.....
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Thank you, OFL. Gunter had the fast-moving strain. I only had him for 2 days. :( He was fine Wednesday morning, but that afternoon after class I noticed the fuzzy stuff coming out of his gills :(
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