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Old 10-30-2012, 07:56 PM   #1 
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Can you tell me whats wrong?

I just got this betta last week from Petsmart. He looked like he needed anew home. His tank was not cycled before I got him... I should have known better.
The water is darker because his driftwood is leaking color but its helping with the pH level - My tap water is 8.8 but the tank water is down to 7.4 with the driftwood.
I am not sure what to do or if this will heal...
I am new to keeping fish.

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75F
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? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? defrosted Brine Shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? everyday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: somewhere between 0 and .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.4
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Looks to have dark spot above his head going back to his dorsal fin. His fins are fine, its just on his heads.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Active - Seems fine and happy.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days after I got him. I haven;t had him for longer than a week though.
Have you started treating your fish? Doing water changes regularly - it looks like ammonia burns from the research I have done...
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not yet
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 week

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #2 
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Are you using some type of water conditioner?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:02 PM   #3 
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oops I forgot - I use Prime. I use up to first line in the cap which is supposed to be for roughly for 10 gallons.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:29 PM   #4 
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And i would like to add that 75 degrees is a bit low. bettas prefer 78-82 degrees. Gorgeous betta, by the way.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #5 
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Thank you. :)

I adjusted the setting on the heater.

is that sort of thing on his head normal?
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:51 AM   #6 
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You have a very handsome looking boy. I don't see anything wrong with him from what I can tell! I've got several blue ladies. and they all have a dark spot on the top of their head. I wouldn't worry. It's just their natural colouring.

Now if it starts to grow, or change colour, then I would be concerned. But right now I think he's ok!
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:10 AM   #7 
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He looks fine to me ... maybe the colour is just changing :)
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:11 AM   #8 
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hes very beautiful! enter him in the contest next month!!! :D
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:22 AM   #9 
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I think its normal - my guy has it too
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:29 AM   #10 
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Thanks everyone :)

I feel better about it.

I will keep my eyes on him to make sure hes doing well.

Thanks again!
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