What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? approximately 77 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no, but I monitor the temperature
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? he is alone
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqueon pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once daily, though he has been fasted for the past two days because he had been a tad bloated.
How often do you perform a water change? 1 50% per week, 1 100% per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? see above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? nutrafin water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? UNTESTED
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? two of his scales seem to be raised, possibly falling off? one right near his head on his left side, one on his back. he was bloated for a couple days, but he seems better now.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? difficult to tell, he was just moved into his new tank, so he's stressed.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? bloating two days ago, scales today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no treatment yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not to my knowledge, i have only had him for a week.
How old is your fish (approximately)? unknown (petstore fish)
I am probably just being a paranoid new betta mommy, but he worries me when I see things on him that I haven't seen before. He really only has about two scales that are sticking up. I read about dropsy and he doesn't seem to have those issues at all. I fasted him yesterday and today and when I got home, I went ahead and gave him a couple food pellets. As I was giving him those pellets, I noticed the misplaced scales (it is difficult to see as his tank still has all the little bubbles on the side of the glass... if necessary, I can try to get pictures, but they likely won't turn out well). He has been exploring his tank since I put him in it, and I have noticed him hanging out near the top quite a bit, but he doesn't seem sick or lethargic. Just... these scales, is all.
Any insight? Am I overreacting to nothing?