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Identifying Fluffy Whiteness On Neon.. Fungal Or Bacterial

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Identifying fluffy whiteness on neon.. fungal or bacterial
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:20:24 PM »
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Hi,
one neon had a little white "fluff" develop some time ago on his side, I assumed at the site of an injury. I did try treating the tank with no success (with what I had in, I cant remember). Anyway, it has since moved to his mouth... googling the white fluff I kept finding it could be either fungal or columnaris (bacterial) is this right?
Essentially, I couldn't thoroughly decide which it was so have come for advice. I have moved him to a quarantine tank with about 10l in. and have treated with Kings Fungal & finrot treatment. This doesn't seem to have made any difference.  He is still eating but cant pick food up from the floor.

Any advice on this - and treatments?  If I do see improvements will this be a very slow process or is it more rapid than that?

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Re: Identifying fluffy whiteness on neon.. fungal or bacterial
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 09:46:22 PM »
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I would try eSHa 2000 or Myxazin by Waterlife. They are my go-to meds for external bacterial infections.



There are a few causes of infections but most of them come down to stress.
How many neons do you have? Shoaling fish get stressed if there aren't enough of them.
What other fish are in the tank, do any tank mates pick on the neon?
How often do you do water changes, and how big?
Is your water soft or hard? Neons are soft water fish so if your water is hard, that will stress them.

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Re: Identifying fluffy whiteness on neon.. fungal or bacterial
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 09:56:45 PM »
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I have Myxazin so will switch to that - have had a couple of days on nothing so will give him a wtr change and try that. I will get in some eSHA 2000 as stock too. have read positives about that one too. always gppd to have something already in.

there are 6 neons, and a boisterous single guppy (spends more time keeping others away from food pellets than he does actually eating!!) but nobody specifically picking on him!

The water is hard, I do a weekly change of about 12/13 litres (the amount my bucket allows!) out of 64litre tank. I do try to keep the water "clean" as prevention is far easier than cure!!

I will cross my fingers and give a good burst of Myxazin - do these things make slow improvements or can they be slow to respond?

thanks Sue

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Re: Identifying fluffy whiteness on neon.. fungal or bacterial
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 09:09:13 AM »
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You need to do a eater change and run carbon in the filter for 24 hours before changing meds. You have to get rid of the first one before adding the second.
I don't put carbon in the filter already there, I have a small cheap internal that lives in the cupboard just for running with carbon.

With 64 litres you should be changing 30 to 34 litres a week, unless the tank is very under stocked. So two or two and a half of your buckets not just one.

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