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Old 03-27-2013, 02:19 PM   #1 
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Question Help! Betta scales deteriorate/loss??

Help! Betta scales deteriorate/loss... I just found that my Betta has 2 spots on the right side of her body with scales deteriorating.. I have attached some pictures to show the parts I am talking about...

I am very worried and definitely do not want to lose this lovely betta.

I took my water to an fish shop to test and this is what they gave me,

KH = 1 ok
GH = 3
Ammonia = 0 ppm
nitrate = 0 ppm
ph = 7 good
phosphate = 5 ppm
nitrite = 0 ppm

They said one thing I can do is to change water often. My tank had a lot of algae growing at one point and I then started to change water more frequently.

Another thing worries me is that my betta now slightly tilted to one side when he is resting... but he is still quite active...

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #2 
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That looks a little like he may have rubbed on something, maybe got stuck in a hole a little too small. Do you have any caves? What kind of filter do you have? Water changes are good because it keeps the water clean which helps to avoid infection if there's a raw spot. Did the LFS use strips or a liquid test kit? Its a little odd you wouldn't have nitrates, not unheard of but not typical for most people. What is the water temp? Does he have any tank mates? What is your normal water change schedule? A little more info. will help people advise better.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #3 
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Hi iambeetle and welcome to the forum. Would you mind filling this out?
Please answer as many of these questions as you can when seeking help

It does look as if your betta has rubbed some scales off and gotten a possible infection. Clean water and a product like Kordon Fish Protector or API Stress Coat will help until we get some more information. :)
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:26 PM   #4 
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What size is your tank?

the tank size is 2 US Gal./7.6L

What temperature is your tank?
I have a heater that is designed for 1.5-2 Gal. tank...

Does your tank have a filter?
It has a filter but I put the power to the lowest because the current it creats is too strong. It is a Fuval tank

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
there is none.

Is your tank heated?
I have a heater that is designed for 1.5-2 Gal. tank...

What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
He is all by himself, and me..

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
I feed him with dry bloodworms only.

How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day, morning and night. each with about 4-5pieces of bloodworms.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?

I was slacking a bit for the last 3 weeks, but I aim to do it every week now since he is not so well now... There were quite a bit of green algae and a bit of brown algae too.


What percentage of the water do you change whe
n you perform a water change?
about 25%-40% depends on how dirty the water is...


What type of additives do you
add to the water when you perform a water change?
I have a betta water prep kit to remove most of the harms I believe, the shop informed me that there is nothing else I'd need...



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

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
pH: 7
Hardness:unsure
Alkalinity: unsure


also... KH = 1 ok
GH = 3
phosphate = 5 ppm


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
almost look like scars... refer to the pics above...
Also now I notice a bit of red from it too, not sure if it is just his color or something wrong...

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not much, but sometimes when he is resting, he is slightly tilted to one side....

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
about 3 days ago.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I haven't done anything special except changing water. I aim for half a week to one week of water change frequency...

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
He once had a bladder disorder, because I fed too much I think. Or might be because he is not good with the bio-gold pellets... Anyways, it is okay now after fasting...And I stopped feeding the pellets since then..

How old is your fish (approximately)?

Might be 1 year? not sure...
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #5 
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I really hope it is scratches... but there is nothing in the tank to scratch him really...

I've read that some aquarium salt could be beneficial... is it?
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #6 
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iambeetle, yes, in this case adding 1 tsp of aquarium salt per gallon will help. Predissolve it in a bit of tank water first.

Why do you feed him only bloodworms? Is that all he will eat? If he will pellets, it might be a good idea to alternate between pellets and bloodworms so he gets a more balanced diet.
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i will start to feed him some pellets...

but now he seems more inactive... he lays at the bottom of the tank quite a bit now...

what should I do??

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #8 
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He may have a slight secondary infection. If it seems like he is struggling to reach the top to breathe, you can lower the water level as much as necessary to make it easier.

If he continues to worsen, then we may want to try a medication such as Maracyn Two to treat the infection. Maracyn Two absorbs well into the system and so should be effective to treat an internal bacterial infection as well as a topical infection.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:47 AM   #9 
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I went to the aquarium shop and got some aquarium salt, and also the API BettaFix, which is Melaleuca, as the shop staff recommended...

I put those in the tank just now...

Hopefully he will get well soon... fingers cross!!!
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:46 PM   #10 
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Noticed something new today... not sure what it is...

I found a "pimple" like thing around his mouth...

Is it something I need to be careful of?





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