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Old 12-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #1 
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Slime coat deterioration???

One of my bettas has something I've never seen before. I think it could be some sort of slime coat issue. His scales are going white - almost looks like flaky, dry skin. He's in a 5 gallon filtered, heated (78 degrees) tank and I do water changes every 1-2 weeks. I'm using API Stress Coat and Aquarium salt but the scales seem to get worse by the day. I'm concerned that if this is a slime coat issue, he's going to become more susceptible to a whole other host of problems, which is already evident in his abdomen.
If anyone has seen or dealt with this before, your advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #2 
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I had something like this happen to a betta of mine. What I did was just use a tab bit less stress coat and cleaned his water for a few days and he was fine. Didn't even need to use salt. It might not be a stress coat issue though. It also could be the beginning of columnaris. Try a 100% water change with some AQ salt and drop the water temp down to about 74 just in case it's columnaris.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:28 PM   #3 
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Thank you for the good advice. BTW, what is "tab bit less stress coat". I googled it and found nothing.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:34 PM   #4 
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tad*

i was rushing my reply before leaving for last minute christmas shopping and didn't spell check. xD
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