No Name seems to be missing some of his scales over his head and towards his back. At least to me, that is what it looks like.. little bit of a dip into the body where they are at, the area is paler then the rest of him and it is sort of shiny (for lack of better wording). There is no red nor puffiness, no loose scales, no fungus.
He is young, about 6-8 months at most, I've had him for about two weeks. He's a marathon swimmer and eats normally. He's currently housed in a 2 gallon, doing 1 50% and 1 100% water changes per week on normal basis. Fed 4-6 pellets a day, mix in with flakes (my brand has higher protein in the flakes so I mix it up for him, making sure none fall to bottom of tank).
I know what is needed to care for missing scales, the extra water changes to keep the water clean, tannins, etc. I just can't for the life of me figure out if it is a disease or virus of some sort to cause it, just to rule that out. He is very inquisitive, and will jump out of the water to try to get a water drop off the side of the tank, will root around the bottom, and will squeeze himself between things. Sometimes he gets a little stuck and I have to save him. Pretty much reminds me of a 12 year old boy lol.
I am thinking he lost the scales due to rubbing against something and freaking out, but I just want to be sure it's not something else that can cause it and I just can't think of it. He has only smooth and soft items in his tank. Half rounded glass rocks for the bottom, soft plants, and 2 plastic colored see-through drinking cups he adores that are all smooth edges. So it's not sharp.
Could it be he just rubbed extra hard and lost them? It was just a very few when I first got him, now it seemed to of gotten bigger.
Anyone with any idea about whether or not a disease or something could cause this? If so, what other symptoms would/could show? Or could it be he just somehow lost them rubbing up against something smooth?
Sorry for picture quality, can't get him to stop for more then a few seconds, and I only have a camera phone to use at this time. One is from top of tank to show it's size.. hard to see though =( Thanks in advance!