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Cotton Wool Disease

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Cotton Wool Disease

PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:59

Symptoms

The main symptom of cotton wool disease is the appearance of white fluffy growths (resembling cotton wool).

These growths can occur anywhere on the body but normally first appear at the site of an injury.

If the growths are limited to the head and are greyer in colour then this may be Mouth Fungus.


Cause

Cotton wool disease is caused by external bacterial infection.


Treatment

First ensure the water parameters of the tank are in the normal range. Cotton wool disease is often a symptom of poor water quality.

Salt bath often prove effective in dealing with cotton wool disease.

Treatments designed specifically for fungal infections may be purchased from most fish stores. Treatments containing phenoxyethanol would be ideal as these would also treat Mouth Fungus in case of mis-diagnosis.
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