My daughter received a Betta for her birthday. We did the set-up procedures outlined in another betta forum and for the last several months, all has been fine. A couple days ago, I noticed an unusual silvery spot on his head. Also, a couple scales were flapping when he swam (they have since fallen off). The tank only has a plant, gravel and Squidwards House.
I will bold my answers for easier reading.
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes/No There is a bubble stone but it is unplugged at the moment.
Is your tank heated? Not right now as it is very warm here in AZ & the tank stays 76-78*
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? snail not sure what type
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 pellets twice per day (he would eat all day if we let him lol)
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Forgot the name but it's stuff you add to make the tap water safe (from Petco)
Have you tested your water? Yes
If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Silvery patch on his head, few scales missing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Seems slightly lethargic but will still swim quickly to the top when anyone approaches the tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown
Here is a picture. The spot is on his head right between his eyes. The other white spots are marks on the outside of the tank glass and not on him. I apologize for the picture he refused to hold still while I photographed him
Thanks for any suggestions!