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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I got a female betta last night (see previous post) and she was of course in awful conditions. I could hardly tell there was a fish in the cup. That's how bad the water is. Tha ammonia was at 8+!!!
So she's been in a heated hospital tank (1/2 gal I think) and when I got back from work I saw this white cottony looking string on her. She's acting fine, had already been eating, very curious. I've done my research and I'm thinking coulmnaris? Can anyone verify? If so what is your best route of takingcare of her?
Oh she does have aq salt in now and I did a 75% water change already and plan on doing one every day.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
What size is your tank? 1/2 gallon hospital Kristen keeper
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? Not on this one but can if needs be
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated?yea
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None yet

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega one
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice say 2-3 pellets

How often do you perform a water change? So far every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? So far every day

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

Ammonia:my water naturally is at .25 but I use stress coat

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? White cotton string one caudal fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today after work. Approx 15 hours in new clean water
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Stress coat and AQ salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea.

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Hmm..I'm not sure, but I think if she's acting fine and eating, it may just be normal fungus and not columnaris. It's a dreadful disease though, so you may want to treat for it just in case in this case, since it's a sudden silent killer at times . Jungle Fungus Clear tablets, which you can buy at Wal-Mart, are good for both actual fungus and Columnaris, since they contain Nitrofurazone. In that small of a tank only use a small chip of it, just enough to turn the water greenish. If that doesn't clear it up (will probably need several doses, be very careful not to overdose though!), you may want to look into stronger medication. Best of luck :)
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