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post #1 of 2 Old 10-06-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Please help ASAP; situation with betta splendens fry (7days old)

Hi guys, if possible could you please reply ASAP, I'm not sure how dangerous this is to my fry

- 7 day old betta fry, 17 remaining (male started eating them)
- 27 deg celcius
- fed 4 times daily with live BBS from the local fish store ($1 a bag, kept refrigerated)
- after after each feed I've been siphoning the entire bottom of the tank to remove excess food (about 15% water changed/siphon). In addition, I also siphon up this fluffy stuff which predominantly seems to 'grow' on the plastic parts of the heater (on the top, and the clips for the suction cups).
- Though I suck this up after every feed, it is always back by the next feed (about 4-6hrs), and is in the form of long strands extending off the heater, and are fairly firmly attached to the heater itself (i.e. hard to get off with the suction, I have to dislodge them with the tube first).

This fluffy stuff is now appearing on some of the fry; I have isolated 5 fry that are affected and have two strands, ranging from very short to about the same length as the fry's tail, and these seem to only grow in the location where the ventral fins would be. These fry, and a couple of others that don't yet have the fluff, aren't eating as well as they were.

I really do not want to loose these fry, and I thought I was doing everything correct (maintaining clean water, live foods, heated etc)
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-07-2009, 11:27 AM
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How bizarre. I have no idea what it is and hopefully someone will come along soon that can tell us exactly what it is...

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