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Old 09-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Norman has a blotch - FOLLOW UP

Hello All,

I originally posted here on 8/9/12, when I noticed my fish had a "blotch" on him. Well, it stayed the same for a while, so I thought is was just coloring, as another member had suggested.

As of a few days ago, there has been a change. Now it has turned into a white spot. I'm not sure what to do.

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Norm lives in a 3 gal talk, alone. I got him in March, '12. No filter, no airstone, just bought a heater two weeks ago (we live in Michigan and its getting colder). Heater factory set a 78 F. I change one gallon (1/3) of his water every week to ten days. I feed him Aqueon Betta food (only).

I will post the original as well as today's pic. Thank you for any input!!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:38 AM   #2 
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Try doing the normal water changes, but throughout the week followed by a 100% water change during the weekend. A bit of stress coat will help as well~

It's hard to tell from here, but it looks like he may have hurt himself and it is getting agitated with a bit of ammonia. 1/3 once a week isn't enough to keep ammonia levels from building up. :3
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:00 PM   #3 
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With no filter you have to do more water changes. and I agree with Zackybear.
Good clean water with maybe a water conditioner with stress coat will help him more then everything. I think like 2 50 percent and 1 100 percent a week would be a good place to start, some people might say more since you dont have a filter.

Just keep and eye on the spot and be careful what you put into his tank and dont use anything that could poke him or rip his fins, a good test to do is the nylon test, take some pantyhose and any decoration that will rip them is not good for your Betta is could rip his fins. Keep us posted on how he is doing.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:01 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the input. I will do more frequent water changes. I use bottled water (I condition it first). Our tap water is pretty nasty.

I'm not sure what a stress coat is but I will look into it. Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #5 
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You are very welcome ! All fish have what is called a slime coat and it protects their gills and the stress coat is just extra protection for them.
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