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Old 1st March 2016   #1
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Default White Growth on Lotl Frills?

Hello all.

I recently discovered a white fuzzy growth on one of my lotl girl's frills, and the area it's attached to has grown a little pale. I would love some input on what it might be from more experienced owners, and advice if I need to treat it.

- She is 7-8 inches.
- She lives in a 30g tank with a filter.
- 2 live plants are in the tank with her (Cyperus Helferi).
- Upon noticing the fuzzy I did a 100% water change earlier today and treated it with API Stress Coat + Aloe.
- She eats a mixture of live adult red worms and carnivore pellets (40% crude protein).
- Tank temperature averages at 65 - 70 degrees.

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Looks super healthy! Could just be a fungus, look for a thread on here about how to do a salt water bath


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Default Re: White Growth on Lotl Frills?

It is hard to see it in the picture. Usually, what is described as a fuzzy white growth is fungus.

Often, a little bit of fungus on the end of a gill does not require salt baths. it will usually go away on its own if the water conditions are good.

What you should do is check the water conditions (temp, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH) and take care of any problems. Little bits of fungus are more common when nitrates go above 40 ppm. I stopped seeing those occasional bits of gill fungus when I started doing bigger water changes and mixing some unsoftened water with the water-softened water for water changes. I'm not sure if it is the larger water changes or the higher calcium content of the water that caused the gill fungus to stop happening.

If the fungus doesn't go away or gets worse, see the salt bath tutorial.



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