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Old 09-27-2011, 12:14 AM   #1 
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White stuff on tail

What size is your tank? 20 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80 +/- 1 degree
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, Aquaclear 30 gal
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 8 black/orange platys

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold or TetraMin Tropical Flakes (he prefers to steal the flakes from the platys)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%ish
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime

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

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
pH: 7.0
Hardness: 75ppm
Alkalinity: 180ppm

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fuzzy white stuff growing on two tail tips
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Appears to be stressed (lurking, occasional bout of tail clamping) after I gave him a salt bath.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 24 hours ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Two salt baths in the last 24 hours
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A, as I bought him less than two weeks ago.
How old is your fish (approximately)? N/A

Hello! Blackbeard aka Mr. Fish is my first betta, so I've been extremely nervous about his well-being. He previously shared his tank with a herd of Zebra Danios that beat him up, but gets along swimmingly with his current platy tankmates.

I did a water change on Saturday and noticed that two of his crowntail tips had fuzzy white stuff growing on them on Sunday night. I gave him a salt bath on Sunday and another dip today. The salt bath is in a heated container with about 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon of water.

His tankmates are new, but they came from the same tank that I took my initial bacteria goop (scientific term for me raiding my friend's tank) from. Water quality has been fine and hasn't spiked at all. I mostly have plastic plants in the tank, but I do have a couple of marimo, java moss, and Amazon Swords from my LFS.

He appeared to be ok (aside from the fuzz) on Sunday and earlier today, but has definitely slowed down in the last few hours. He's currently sticking to hanging around the top of the tank and in the java moss.

I'm unable to take decent photos of him as he hates the camera with a fishy passion, but I can try again tomorrow. The fuzz has grown further up his fin since yesterday. There is no other discoloration or fuzziness on the rest of his body, but I'd like some advice on how to head off whatever this is before it gets worse.

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Old 09-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #2 
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Is your tank not cycled or did you just not check for nitrate/nitrite? In a 20 gal. with Platys you need to have a cycled tank.

In the pic, the clear tips just look like fin-growth to me. The fuzzy part *might* be something to worry about though. You can try an AQ salt bath- 1tsp per 1 gal. with 100% daily water change for up to 10 days while re-adding salt. It's easier to do the treatment in a small container (1-2 gals).

Good luck!
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #3 
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Oop, forgot to mention that my tank is cycled. I kickstarted it with media and a filter sponge from my friend's established tank and cycled it for a month just to be safe.

It isn't the fin growth I'm worried about, but the fuzzy stuff. It looks much worse than the photo shows, but again I'm having a hard time getting him to sit still for the camera.

Thanks for the advice! I wasn't sure if I should continue the salt baths or pick up some sort of medication.
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