White Stuff On Betta’s Head? Help

  1. j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    I just stocked my new tank on Saturday(two days ago), and this morning, I noticed white stuff on my betta’s face. Is this ich?? I don’t see it on the other, new fish (Harlequin Rasboras and kuhli loaches).

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  2. Milliemae124

    Milliemae124 Valued Member Member

    How long was the tank cycled before?
    What are the water parameters?
    How big is the tank?
     
  3. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    Near the mouth? Filter? Heater? Last water change? It could be mouth rot
     


  4. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    I did a fishless cycle over the course of 7 weeks.
    Parameters:
    80F
    Ammonia-0
    Nitrite-0
    (Nitrate was under 5 after the last big water change I did when the cycle completed, but I haven’t tested nitrates in the three days since then)
    Ph: 7.6
    Tank: 20g tall
    Filters: penguin 150, and another 100gph one whose name I can’t remember.

    I only see the white stuff on the betta’s head... not on other fish, or on the surfaces of the tank
     
  5. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    Do you have a heater and when was the last time you did a water change
     
  6. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    Last water change at end of cycle was three days ago (more details in the other reply I posted, above).

    Yes, I have a heater, and temp is at 80F.
     


  7. Milliemae124

    Milliemae124 Valued Member Member

    Does the white stuff look fluffy?
     
  8. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    Not very fluffy... it’s like a white film.
     
  9. Milliemae124

    Milliemae124 Valued Member Member

    Could you get a picture of your bettas face head on so like he’s looking at the camera?

    Sorry I’m not very advanced in fish diseases :)
    @OneLittleBubble do you have any idea what this is?
     
  10. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    For comparison, here’s his face, yesterday (no white gunk).


    I’ll also try to get a head-on photo when I get home, tonight. IMG_1852.jpg
     
  11. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    I'd need to see a better picture to be certain.
     
  12. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    It's not ich because ich looks like salt sprinkled on the fish
     
  13. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    UPDATE: I came home at lunch to check on him, and he had died. I’m so sad, and worried for the other fish. His decline was so fast!!

    I just checked water parameters, and the look ok (although I’ll do a WC to bing nitrates down).



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  14. K

    Kristian Acevedo Valued Member Member

    Did he have any cotton growth around his mouth or gills or fins? Bettas seem to be prone to columnaris if they get too stressed out (This is my experience, don’t take this as fact) and I lost a whole sorority this way
     
  15. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    It wasn’t very “fluffy”, but it was a white film over his face. He declined very quickly... went from no obvious symptoms to dead in 16 hours.

    Do you think I need to take any precautions for the other fish in the tank??
     
  16. Buganjimo

    Buganjimo Well Known Member Member

    If it’s not fluffy, it’s likely a bacterial infection. Quarantine him from your other fish as they will get it too, and it is easier to treat it in a qt tank. I don’t know where you live therefore can’t definitively tell you what meds to get, but look for something with bacterial medication on the label.

    Edit: just realized he died, I’m sorry. Monitor your other fish incase they get it too. As it was near his face+gils I am inclined to belive it got into his gils and he died because he couldn’t breathe.
     
  17. OP
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    j

    jessatiel New Member Member

    Thank you.
     
  18. Milliemae124

    Milliemae124 Valued Member Member

    I have heard that kanaplex is good for treating bacterial and fungal infections,
    Sorry for your loss :(
     
  19. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    It was most likely culumnaris than because it is sometimes a very quick death for the fish. :( I'm sorry we couldn't help