Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

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This is a picture of a betta I had that died within a couple days of my getting him. I first noticed a little fuzzy spot about 16 hours before this picture was taken. It spread fast and he died shortly afterwards. He was in a .5 gallon cube while I was preparing his tank. There was no heater or filter, so the water was probably under 72ºF and was not well oxygenated. He had also undergone a large pH shift. From the descriptions I've read, I don't believe it was Columnaris like I had thought before but Saprolegnia. Any ideas? ... What does this look like?

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JBare replied the topic: Re:Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

I will say, this is not what my Angelfish have. The fungus or fuz, looks totally different. I don't think this was columnarius. BUT I could be SO wrong! Lol
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tehmole replied the topic: Re:Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

it looks like Columnarius ... but def some kind of fungal infection...take a look at this:

www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=73332
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DMD123 replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

Sorry for the loss. :(

Tough to identify with the naked eye. A microscope and a bit of knowledge and we all could figure it out. But many times its just a guess. I have been dealing with a fungus looking thing with my Oscar and tried the treatment for Columnarius with Furan 2 and Kanaplex along trying a round of 'Fungus Guard' with salt and have had zero success. I am now trying Triple Sulfa treatment.

I have dealt with Columnarius succesfully a few times when it showed up as 'duck lipps' in cichlids but that involved some hard core force feeding of the meds into the fish.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

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What's your PH? Triple Sulfa works best in a ph of 7.5 and higher.

Fungus Guard and Furan 2 have the same ingredients with the only difference being methylene blue in furan-2 and potassium dichromate in Fungus guard
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DMD123 replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

PH at 7

It seemed the first treatment process of Seachem parasite gard had the best results in slowing down the process of it speading. Went for about a week of that before I then tried the FG alone at first and then did a further round of treatment with the Furon 2 an Kanaplex combo. Cant remember which but I also had added malachite green to part of that treatment process. been at this for over a month. Fish acts fine with no flashing or loss of appetite.

I am currently using the triple sulfa and Seachem parasite gard in a combo.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

Forgot to add that I did salt treatments and nothing.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

Did you try s 5% salt dips every day?

5% salt dip = 10.5 tablespoons per gallon, keep fish in water until fish uncomfortable, and repeat everyday f or 1 week.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

I did not do the dip/bath treatments. I tried for a bit less stress by just treating the tank water. I had the concentration at 2 Tablespoons per gallon on the tank water and not seeing any improvement. I am getting to that point where I may resort to more aggressive treatment since this has been going on so long with no success. The fish eats like a champ and is healthy otherwise.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Columnarius or Saprolegnia pic

Wow david I didnt even know you were having this issue. Good luck
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