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fuzzy stuff on female betta's fins?

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There's some clear/translucent white fuzz on the tips of my girl's fins. I keep up with water changes. Her colors are fine and she is acting normally, how can I make this fuzz go away?
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What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79 F
Does your tank have a filter? No
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?None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? A few flakes once a day, fasting on sundays


How often do you perform a water change? 25% every wednesday, 100% every saturday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? see above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? BettaSafe water conditioner

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

Nitrite: 0
pH: 7.2
Hardness: I don't test for this anymore, but my water is pretty hard
Alkalinity: Don't test anymore (I switched to liquid rather than strips)

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fuzzy stringy white clear stuff on fin tips
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not at all
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday, this afternoon
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Never
How old is your fish (approximately)?Pretty young, she is pretty small, but other than that, I don't know
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Sometimes they just get scuzz on their fins!! Can you post a picture?
1) Can you run an ammonia test on your tap water? This will tell us if the 0.1 ppm ammonia is coming from the tap or is occurring in the tank.

2) Has she only had this fuzz on her for the past 2 days? Is it cottony or stringy? Can you get a photo of it?

White COTTON-like fuzz can indicate Columnaris, a bacterial infection. If caught early, it can sometimes be controlled by lowering the water temp to about 76F and doing frequent water changes. A small amount of Aquarium salt (1 teaspoon per gallon, for no more than a few days) can also help.

White STRINGY or slimy material can indicate that the slime coat is shedding. This can be caused by a number of things, such as irritants, etc. In this case, you don't want to add Aquarium salt (since it also acts as an irritant).
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