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Old 11-11-2011, 04:36 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help?? I just lost one last night i dont want to lose another....

Hi all. I'm probably overracting but I just lost a betta last night and I dont want to lose my second one. I noticed that he has a cut on his head. Its kind of peachy pink and shiny, and looks like he lost a few scales.... Hes swimming fine, he just seems to be breathing a bit faster....I dont know what it is, but i really dont want to lose him.

currently hes in a 14 gallon, with 80 degree temperature. Please let me know! ill try to post a picture as soon as i can!
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:40 PM   #2 
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Can you please fill this out

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:02 PM   #3 
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If he's swimming fine, my preliminary is that he's okay. Just don't bug him too much, especially if he's new.
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:02 PM   #4 
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[quote=fishy friend2;890874]Can you please fill this out

Housing :
What size is your tank? 14 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 guppy and 2 cory cats

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tropical fish flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 2x a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Missing scales on head and on body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Breathing more heavily
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 months....still a baby
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:04 PM   #5 
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Most likely he headbutted something and lost a few scales- it happens.
Just keep an eye on him to make sure it doesn't get infected.
Would be idea to do weekly water changes- 25-50% a week for that size, with siphoning of the substrate regularly. Doing the recommended water changes should help in keeping his wound clean.
Don't add in any salt or medication as the corys would have a hard time with them, maybe even deadly.
At this point, just do the weekly water changes (continuously, as you should do weekly water changes) and that should be enough to keep him clean and it will heal up on it's own.

But a picture will verify it is just missing scales, and not some underlying illness.
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