Julius is my male betta and he has lately developed white cottony stuff that trails off his body. He acts naturally overall, and I feed him once a day. I have tried Maracyn I and II, changing the water frequently (every two-three days), and using aquarium salt. Is it his slime coat that's been affected? He lives in a gallon bowl. Thanks for your help.
The water is at room temperature, which is normally around 80 degrees or so - but he's not shown any of the unusual cotton stuff last year. I am using Prime water conditioner. I figure that it's good for my goldfish, so it will be good for my bettas. Also, could this slime coat shedding be caused by stress? For instance, I had a mirror on my desk for about a week or so - which I removed today. Could his flare up cause him stress so bad that his coat would be coming off? I am learning that goldfish and betta are so different, so please don't berate me for my ignorance. I feel I do that rather well.
Prime is usually the conditioner recommended on this site. There's no issue with that.
Does the room temperature fluctuate greatly throughout the day? Water temperature is 2 degrees cooler than air temperature, so that should be considered too.
Stress could be a major part in shedding of slime coat, but I've never experienced such drastic reaction to me moving stuff around my tank. Is he on something stable? If not, he could be feeling vibrations from walking or being knocked around a little bit on a wobbly table.
for now, try doing 100% daily changes and 1 tsp/gal aquarium salt (Dissolve first). You'll want ot redo the salt after each water change. Do this for about 7 days (10 maximum). If you don't see any improvement or you see him decline, then try out 2 tsp/gal and 100% daily changes.
The aquarium salt should help him get rid of any loose slime coat and keep infection at bay while he makes a new one.