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Old 11-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #1 
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Missing scales

My Dragon Scale Betta has 2 scales missing. I have read the other posts regarding parasites but I do not believe this to be the cause. He does swim erratically, darting around the tank, but only when he sees me. I have had him for over 4 months and he has always done this. Water is always crystal clear, at a steady temp and pH level. Ammonia is at a safe level. I have not observed any white specs on him anywhere. I think he rubbed up against the gravel or log in my tank too hard and rubbed off the 2 scales. So, what do I do to help promote scales to grow back and prevent infection? I have included 2 pics. 1 of the missing scales and 1 of the magnificent stripe down his body because I am so proud of him. LOL!
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #2 
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Mine gets missing scales now and then when she bumps into something. She's a jumper, so she's usually missing scales on her head because she scrapes it on the lid. Are your plants plastic? Do you thinking he could be scraping himself on them? That would cause missing scales.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:55 PM   #3 
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My Dragon Scale Betta has 2 scales missing. I have read the other posts regarding parasites but I do not believe this to be the cause. He does swim erratically, darting around the tank, but only when he sees me. I have had him for over 4 months and he has always done this. Water is always crystal clear, at a steady temp and pH level. Ammonia is at a safe level. I have not observed any white specs on him anywhere. I think he rubbed up against the gravel or log in my tank too hard and rubbed off the 2 scales. So, what do I do to help promote scales to grow back and prevent infection? I have included 2 pics. 1 of the missing scales and 1 of the magnificent stripe down his body because I am so proud of him. LOL!
this just appears to be his coloring. as long as you are keeping the water very clean and he is eating, you should be good to go! He is GORGEOUS!
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #4 
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this just appears to be his coloring. as long as you are keeping the water very clean and he is eating, you should be good to go! He is GORGEOUS!
Well...what I circled are 2 scales that are missing. He did not look like that last month. But yes, the water is always clean and he has a great appetite because I never over feed. I was just curious why so many other Betta owners say that if Bettas dart around erratically then the y must have parasites. My last Betta did that as well and he lived for 3.5 years!
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Well...what I circled are 2 scales that are missing. He did not look like that last month. But yes, the water is always clean and he has a great appetite because I never over feed. I was just curious why so many other Betta owners say that if Bettas dart around erratically then the y must have parasites. My last Betta did that as well and he lived for 3.5 years!

my bettas dont dart, they just have a need for speed

this happens to my bettas occasionally(missing scales), but then they heal wiht clean water. He probably just bumped on something, no biggie. He looks very healthy to me!
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:35 PM   #6 
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They will heal, it takes about a week or 2. In the meantime, if you think he's scraping on something sharp, take that thing out. Otherwise, it could just be a one time deal. It's not really anything to worry about unless you he starts to lose a lot more.
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