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Old 02-08-2012, 01:15 AM   #1 
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Fungus problem!

I love my betta fish, but lately, fungus has taken over. I keep buying new bettas and they keep getting fungus on them. I have a beautiful yellow male right now that I bought last week, and he is starting to gather a small amount of white cottony stuff on his scales. Any good good tricks to get rid of it and a solution to my problem?
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #2 
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I love my betta fish, but lately, fungus has taken over. I keep buying new bettas and they keep getting fungus on them. I have a beautiful yellow male right now that I bought last week, and he is starting to gather a small amount of white cottony stuff on his scales. Any good good tricks to get rid of it and a solution to my problem?
Sorry to hear that. Well, we have to figure out why they are getting fungus in the first place. Please fill the sticky out as detail as you can. Also let us know what you did to the equipment and tanks etc after your last one passed away.

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:17 AM   #3 
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Make sure that you have him in a 5 gallon tank, filter (not a strong one though), and a heater. I used MelaFix. It's a tea tree oil based medication for fish. I use tea tree oil on myself and that stuff is just awesome!
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:35 AM   #4 
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Doesn't tea tree oil damage the betta's ability to breathe?

Has anyone thought to write this company, to let them know their product is harmful to the fish it's supposed to be helping? 0.O Or is it a medication not specifically marketed for betta usage? Perhaps it ought to have a warning, in that case?

Tea tree oil works wonders for humans, though, I love the stuff.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:11 PM   #5 
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Yes - definitely avoid Melafix, Pimafix and even Bettafix. The oil can irritate the labyrinth organ and in some cases has killed bettas.
Whilst tea tree oil can be great in humans, there are much more effective meds for fish available. I wouldn't waste my money.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:12 PM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5
What temperature is your tank? i have tried a heater but the temp seems to change to much and i think the water gets over heated
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? can be
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqueon pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? it doesnt eat

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? jungle right start

i have no tested the water.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? a little white stuff has started to grow on the spine
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sits on the bottom and doesnt eat
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 day after purchase
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, with fungal medication
Does your fish have any history of being ill? the fish i buy do
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown

should i just take him back to the store?
also the heater is only 10 watts so i should be fine but the temperature fluxuates so much
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #7 
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The first thing that can easily be remedied is your water change schedule. For a 2.5 gal, do a 50% water change mid week and a 100% water change end of the week. 20% every other day may create stress to your betta and at 20% means you never remove the toxic chemicals completely but diluted, so over time, they will accumulate. I understand your current heater isn't working out for you, so what is the current temp without heater then? White cotton stuff could be fungus or columnaris. Could you post a photos of this stuff in question for better confirmation?
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:55 PM   #8 
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I cant get a good picture with my camera, but it may definatly be columnaris. if it is, how can i treat it? on the scales that it is on, it looks like it is protruding off the scales.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:18 PM   #9 
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also i have tried a salt bath, and online it says to aerate the water so i am doing both those things now. it hasnt eaten in 6ish days though.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:36 AM   #10 
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For now, quarantine him in a 1 gallon tank and pre-dissolve 1 tsp of aquarium salt in 1 gal of water, then add your conditioner. After that leave your betta in there for 24 hours. Then repeat with 1 tsp AQS/1 gal preconditioner water every day for the next 10 days. If the case isn't severe, super clean water, stable temperature (78 or so), and AQS will help him.

I am not sure what you mean by aerate? By putting an airstone in the water? All you need is to put aside the water and age it instead of coming straight from the tap into the tank. Hope I am not confusing you.

Let us know what is happening.

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