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Old 02-15-2012, 12:30 PM   #1 
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Question Anyone know what this is?

Housing
What size is your tank? 40 gallon breeder

What temperature is your tank? 78

Does your tank have a filter? Yes, Fluval 206 canister

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 24k White Clouds, 5 Otos and 3 Angelicus loaches

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Frozen bloodworms, Frozen brine shrimp, Freshwater Frenzy, Emerald Entree
New Life Spectrum Betta Formula

How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once or twice a week

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? Prime

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5ppm
pH: 7.4
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He has strange looking scales on one side. He is changing color quite a bit but this is more of a yellowish color. See attached pic.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't. He is acting and eating normally.

When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday

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)? 3 to 4 months
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #2 
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #3 
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I am not an expert at Betta diseases but i KINDA think that it is velvet???
Betta has white cottony like patches on its body or head. He may be less active, may have stopped eating, fins may be clumped, color may be pale. ( fungal infection)

Betta has white dots (looks like he was sprinkled with salt) all over his body and head, even eyes. He may be less active, may have stopped eating, fins may be clumped. he may also be darting and scratching against rocks, plants and whatever else he can find. (ick)

Velvet is hard to spot, but can be best spotted with a flashlight. Shine the light on the betta’s body: if it looks like it is covered with a fine gold or rust mist, then it has velvet. A betta with velvet will act sick, so look for clamped fins, scratching against rocks/gravel/tank, loss of appetite, loss of color etc... (Velvet)

Hope this helps!

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:00 PM   #4 
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I shined a flashlight on him and there are no signs of ick or any cottony patches. His scales are smooth and flat. When I got him about a month ago his body was solid white and his fins were black and turquoise. He has been changing a lot lately and is getting speckles of blue and yellow on his body. His fins are now royal blue with a few stripes of yellow, green and red. I am hoping whatever this is has to do with his color change and not illness. I did a 50% water change today and added Stress Coat instead of Prime. He is eating and acting normally and is busy working on his bubble nest. I guess I will just keep a close eye on him and see what happens. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:04 PM   #5 
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The patch on the side looks rather like he's lost some scales. The good news is he looks healthy. The other possibility is you have a marble, meaning he will change colour over time. Does he seem healthy other than the colour change?
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #6 
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I am pretty sure he is a marble. He is getting color in on his body and his tail color is getting more and more colors in it. He is acting perfectly normal and eating like a pig as always. I think he may have actually rubbed against the heater. Long story but I had to turn up my filter flow yesterday because my water was cloudy and he wasn't the biggest fan of the current. I think he may have slept by the heater instead of his normal spot and rubbed against it. I'll keep and eye on him but he seems to be feeling fine. Thanks.

P.S. I turned the flow back down today.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #7 
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HE is a handsome boy. It may or may not be missing scales, but it is likely marbling, in which case he is just fine. Sounds like you have things well in hand. If you notice anything else then you have more cause to be concerned
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