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Old 10-23-2012, 03:55 AM   #1 
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Betta Getting Black Patches

Hi,
Just wondering why my betta is getting dark patches in-between the scales. Is it anything to worry about or just a colour change. It is not as bad on the other side.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:08 AM   #2 
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Looks like a normal betta. =)
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:21 AM   #3 
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I ahve bettas do it, it gets worse in drity water for some reason, ut that might just be me, here fill this out.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:26 AM   #4 
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this is getting worse, am i being paranoid or is there a problem?


Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? no
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? none

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

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every 3 days
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? stress coat

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? yes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? month ago
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)? 2 moths

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:51 AM   #5 
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It looks fine to me, sometimes bettas change colors over time. And solid colored bettas can darken or lighten. As for his food, I would feed him a high protein betta pellet (like omega one buffet or aqueon) as its formulated better for bettas :)
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:52 AM   #6 
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I agree with everyone else, he looks fine :)
Flake, my red Betta was one solid color for months & months & only in the last couple of weeks has he started to get a little bit of blue on his scales & in his tail which is exciting!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:21 AM   #7 
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It can mean high ammonia. Thats what has caused it in the past, do more water changes and see if that helps
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #8 
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Mine has black spots in between his blue scales. I just got him so I was actually wondering if they would go away now that he's in a bigger bowl with a heater
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #9 
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i'M TELLING YOU GUYS, AMMONIA DOES THAT TO THEM! oh crap, capslock...
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:17 PM   #10 
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Two of my red bettas also have that; except it's throughout the whole body. It's their normal coloring, a bit like pineapple on yellow. If you google red bettas, a few red bettas with black netting will pop up.
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