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3annasmommy 05-17-2008 12:55 PM

String of slime hanging from Betta
Hi, I just arrived to ask this specific question. My betta has a stringy slime about 2 inches long hanging off his body in front of his ventral fin. I treated him last week for 5 days with maracyn. The dosage said one tablet/10 gallon tank for 5 days. He lives in a betta tank so I gave him a quarter tablet. He perked up and is eating but the slime reappeared today just a bad as originally. PS I am a vet but we didn't study fish.

stephenmontero 05-17-2008 01:06 PM

do u have a heater how big is the tank? PH level nitrates nitrites all of those things will help us help u and welcome to the forum

3annasmommy 05-17-2008 03:06 PM

No he just lives in a regular sized beta fish tank from the pet shop. No heater. The ambient temp is about 65 F

stephenmontero 05-17-2008 04:08 PM

whoa bettas need to be in 78 degree water man thats 13 degress to cold for him... you need to get a heater ASAP and ur problems will prob go away

paws 05-17-2008 05:30 PM

he needs to be in a 2.5+ galloner to live happily. Not one of those ridiculous betta kits. I would get a heater ASAP they NEED 78 degree water to live happily too.

Flashygrrl 05-17-2008 06:01 PM

Is he bloated at all? When was the last time he ate and what do you feed him? Look at him from above, does he have raised scales? And I strongly urge you to test your water with a liquid test kit, API makes one of the best ones, and to consider a larger tank and a heater. No doubt the cold water is contributing to vulnerability to disease.

3annasmommy 05-18-2008 10:38 AM

Ok I just fed him and he is eating fine. I warmed up the water and will see if that helps. He is not bloated or any of those other things mentioned. Just one stringing bit of mucus hanging off of him. Thanks for your help. Anything else I should do?

3annasmommy 05-18-2008 10:40 AM

Oh yeah and I feed him aquarian betta floating pellet food. He's been here for about a year.

JMeenen 05-18-2008 04:34 PM

are you sure it is "slime"..maybe poop? I would try feeding a can't hurt..

3annasmommy 05-19-2008 03:36 PM

a regular green pea??? I think it is proximal to that particular area but then again I have no idea....

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