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Old 01-28-2011, 04:31 PM   #1 
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Question Slightly raised scales: Should I worry?

One of my females is exhibiting slightly raised scales. She's acting normally (flaring, eating, doing betta stuff), she's not bloated, she's just a big girl. Just curious if this is something I should attempt to treat? Or am I just being a hypochondriac fish mom?

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79-80F
Does your tank have a filter? Power filter
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? 6 other female bettas

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Life Spectrum betta formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? I feed the sorority once nightly to limit overfeeding

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once weekly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? approx. 80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? AquaSafe Plus water conditioner. AQ salt when the situation calls for it (severely torn fins)

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

--Have not had the means to test water recently. --

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? some scales raised
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not by much. Interacts with others, eats, flares, etc. At most she isn't as active at the others but she's always been the more laid-back one.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, she's always been very healthy
How old is your fish (approximately)? I brought her home close to a year ago... My best guess is around 2 years old.



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Old 01-28-2011, 10:03 PM   #2 
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She could be starting to pinecone. Could you possible get a better picture? Maybe where we could see scales at a different angle, I can't tell too much from that photo.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:23 AM   #3 
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That's what I was thinking too, but she's been the same way for the last month or so, and not exhibiting any other symtoms of dropsy/organ failure. I can try to get an above shot sometime tomorrow.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:29 AM   #4 
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Hmm, then I am not sure. You would probably know more than me lol
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