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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2020, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Is this bacteria on a betta?

Woke up this morning to find this white fuzz about a centimeter long coming from my son's betta back. it has been lethargic for a few days, but it always like to lie around so I didn't think it was unusual. I added some bettafix and aquarium salt to the tank, and I'm going to try to pick up some bacterial medicine today if I can find it but I wanted to know if anyone knew what this actually was
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2020, 10:40 PM
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That is saprolegnia, a "water mold" that feeds on dead tissue of injured fish. You may have also seen this on a dead fish in an aquarium that has been laying on the substrate for awhile. It is a secondary condition that takes ahold of a fish that is immune-compromized or injured.

Medications can cure it but must find the underlying cause of the condition. Which could be due to:

* Water quality. What are your water parameters- ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? Is the tank cycled? The fish not being overfed leading to poor water quality? Saprolegnia thrives in tanks with high organic waste.
*Temperature- Water that is too cold can bring this condition on. Is their a heater in tank?
* How long have you had this fish? Have you introduced any other fish to this one in last 6 weeks? If so, any illnesses?

Treatment depends on how sick the fish is. Is it eating?
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That is saprolegnia, a "water mold" that feeds on dead tissue of injured fish. You may have also seen this on a dead fish in an aquarium that has been laying on the substrate for awhile. It is a secondary condition that takes ahold of a fish that is immune-compromized or injured.

Medications can cure it but must find the underlying cause of the condition. Which could be due to:

* Water quality. What are your water parameters- ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? Is the tank cycled? The fish not being overfed leading to poor water quality? Saprolegnia thrives in tanks with high organic waste.
*Temperature- Water that is too cold can bring this condition on. Is their a heater in tank?
* How long have you had this fish? Have you introduced any other fish to this one in last 6 weeks? If so, any illnesses?

Treatment depends on how sick the fish is. Is it eating?
The tank is not cycled. It's been taking about two months and keeps stalling, it's a 5 gallon with an ugf and a HOB I installed two weeks ago. Usually I only see ammonia and change out 20% of the water and dose seachem every few days.

There is a heater in the tank, it's the only fish, and we have had it two months. The fish stopped eating yesterday and has been lethargic for a few days. It was sick last month, lying around and not eating. I used bettafix and aquarium salt then and he was back to normal the next day
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The betta has passed on. Cleaned the tank today and letting the filter clear the rest of the medication out
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Sorry to hear of your loss.

I wouldn't put any more fish in until can successfully cycle. Even trace amounts of ammonia long term will kill fish.
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that's a long dorsal fin
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