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Old 01-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #1 
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Hey. Lil Sano has been kinda lazy lately. Then he will dart at something like he is scratching his face. I don't see any sign of ick or a fungus. Any Ideas?
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:22 PM   #2 
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He will swim around if a try to play or something.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:24 PM   #3 
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water change and add some salt for me right now it ick seasion the nights n early morrings here are geting cold ,so be ready
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:26 PM   #4 
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Is he breathing heavily? Are his gills red or brown at all? Photos might be helpful.

Can you check his gills for flukes (make him flare is the best way to see).

More info is also needed as there are more causes for this: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233

chardzard, it shouldn't matter the time of year if you're keeping his temperature appropriately warm and stable.. and not doing so would be a cause of ick. It's totally avoidable.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:34 PM   #5 
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I don't know what you mean by flukes. I did the velvet test. He has some splaches on his head that are kinda shiny like copper. There is no heavy breathing and he is eating normally. I first noticed him scratching a little over a week ago. I can usually get him to move around and stuff, but when I am not near all he does is lay at the bottom of his tank.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #6 
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Also, the scales around his gills and head are a dark red. He has an orange streak down his spine. The flap thingies that come out when he flares are a dark red almost brown. He was a rescue so he was completely grey when I got him last april. Once I got him feeling better, his head was dark red like that. He never has regained all of his color. I don't know what else to do.
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Please fill out the link and provide photos if you can.

Velvet looks like this: http://www.bettafish.com/attachment....3&d=1315280143
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:47 PM   #8 
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He also has white places too. I thought those were just greyish white scales. Maybe a fungus? It doesn't look fuzy. I just thought since he is almost 2 years and was treated like crap by his previous owner that he is just aging.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #9 
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lights off and flashlights in him

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I am sorry, but I cannot get a good reflection of the copper splotches. My camera sucks.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #10 
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What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 77 degrees f.
Does your tank have a filter? no, they seem to stress him out.
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. there is a live plant in the aquarium though.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra freeze dried bloodworms, Tetra Sund Dried Gammarus, BettaMin Tropical Medley, TetraBetta Floating Mini pellets, and TetraMin Tropical Flakes.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2X a day 6 days a week. He gets the bloodworms or sun gammarus 1 or 2Xs a week.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? everyday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and Tetra Easy Balance.

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has had copper spots ever since his color came back(he is a rescue. Grey when I got him) There are more of them now. There are also more white spots on his face.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He scratches against his heater, plants, and log.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I noticed the scratching last week. I noticed the copper today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes, he was not taken care of at all before I rescued him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have had him for 8 months so maybe a bit over a year.
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