Hi I'm new here! I've never owned a betta before but I'm trying to do everything right. This guy whom I just got recently isn't in the best of shape but I don't know if its from past illness or if he's currently still sick. He has scale discoloration along his body. It looks almost like scars. I'll try to add pics. Also he's somewhat dull in color and his fins might be a little frayed. I thought he might have velvet so tried the flashlight test but didn't see anything. Could it be a problem with his slime coat? I've had him for about a month but I believe he's a year or two old.
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? lots of live plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? kyorin betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 times a week, 3-4 pellets each feeding
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30-40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aqua safe water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
using API Master Test kit:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5-10 ppm
Using Strips (my pH test for the test kit got eaten by my dog lol)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Splotchy, faded color. There isn't any fuzz on the splotches, it appears to be scale discoloration. His fins don't seem clamped but I'm still unsure of what that looks like.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's active swims around all over the place, greets me and eats normally etc.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I got him one month ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? added aquarium salt to his tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I don't know.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1-2 years maybe