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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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What is it and how do it get rid of it?

Hey everybody! I saw this in my betta tank, and I siphoned it out about 2 hours ago, and now its back! Does anybody know what it is? Should I be worried?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 10:46 AM
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Does it look like tiny flowers or snow flakes close up? If so could be a white slime mold.
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It does kind of look like a small pile of snow. Also, there is no odor that I can detect.
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Well, I am in no position to diagnose so I hope someone else is. In the meantime while you are getting it figured out, maybe reduce the nutrients in your tank by withholding food inputs, and add a teaspoon of aquarium salt per five gallons of water. (Don't put the dry salt in the tank. Take out a gallon of water, dissolve the salt in the gallon, and sloooooooooooowly dribble it back into the tank where the water movement is greatest so that it will get diluted and spread around fast.)

Bump: You may want to look up "Oomycetes" too.
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In my experiance usually in a new setup, decaying plant matter or new drift wood a type of white fungus would grow on it until what it was eating ran out. Is the tank new? Do you feed in one spot all the time? Looks similar to situations I've had before. If it is it's harmless but I cant be certain.
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