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Old 11-14-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Fungus?

So my crowntail betta (those long weird fins) has what I can only describe as beige fuzz on about 1/4 inch of one of his long fins. If it's fungus (I will try and get a picture) what can be done?
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First off, water quality is a big one for preventing disease/issues of any kind and will be necessary for helping your betta heal. What are your parameters?

If it is fungus, I believe you'll need a treatment, but be sure that's what it is before treating as treatment will likely kill your biofilter. If you have a QT tank, that would be good. I believe Melafix is good in this case but I'm not certain.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:21 PM   #3
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Melafix should not be used with a betta. It affects their labyrinth organ. Use clean water and maracyn. Quite often changing water regularily can cure fin rot. As asked, what are your water paramters and what is your water change schedule?
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Good to know Zagz... wasn't aware of the labyrinth organ issue.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:59 PM   #5
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When I first got bettas I didn't know either. I lost a betta to treating with melafix and pimafix.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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Sorry guys, was away for the weekend. I should know better about mentioning the parameters, that being said they are all good. Little bit of nitrate but nothing that should be of any concern. Only thing I don't regularly keep an eye on is kH.

PWC's are done every 2 weeks on all three tanks. I will provide a pic hopefully this evening.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:38 AM   #7
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I should add that I've looked here:

betta diseases

What he has does NOT look like the fin rot I've seen in pictures.
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Nitrate is safe up to 40ppm (some argue higher)... it's ammonia and nitrite that need to be 0ppm.

We don't generally like 'good' and 'little bit' as units of measure... and especially with a sick fish your parameters need to be perfect.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:00 PM   #9
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Let me clarify, I am a newbie in may respects, but water parameters are not one of them.

All parameters are flawless (ie 0) with nitrates sitting somewhere between 5-10ppm.

pH just shy of 7
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Can you get a pic of the betta?
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:05 PM   #11
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Well, I'm not sure what to tell you guys, I went to take a pic that same night and the "fuzz" was completely gone with no visible injury to any fins. I have no explanation. =(

Sorry to waste your time guys.
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Never a waste of time. Always better to be sure. Glad the fungus or whatever it was is gone.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:58 AM   #13
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Thanks Zagz.

By the way, is that an African Grey in your avatar pic? I'm not personally a bird guy but my coworker has one and it is quite an impressive bird.
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