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post #1 of 12 Old 05-17-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 12 Old 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
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-17-2008, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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No he just lives in a regular sized beta fish tank from the pet shop. No heater. The ambient temp is about 65 F
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post #4 of 12 Old 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
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-17-2008, 05:30 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-17-2008, 06:01 PM
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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.

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post #7 of 12 Old 05-18-2008, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-18-2008, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah and I feed him aquarian betta floating pellet food. He's been here for about a year.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-18-2008, 04:34 PM
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are you sure it is "slime"..maybe poop? I would try feeding a pea..it can't hurt..
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-19-2008, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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a regular green pea??? I think it is proximal to that particular area but then again I have no idea....
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