I'm new to this forum but I wasn't quite sure where to turn to ask for advise...I don't know any betta fish owners personally and my local petstore seems to have no idea (or interest at all) in my concern for my fish.
This is Dragon. I've had him for about 2 months now and everything has been just fine until tonight. I came home from work and noticed he had these little dots on him. There are only a few (Six? Seven maybe?) I am sure he did not have them last night.
He is acting as he normally does. He is a very active fish. He frequently enjoys swimming through his plants and burrowing, so its hard to tell if hes just doing this because he normally does it... or if its because hes trying to scratch himself? He does not seem to be in any discomfort and does not seem to be scratching. he has not hurt himself or torn any scales or fins. His appetite is normal and hes been eating fine and still coming up to the surface for air without effort.
Yesterday I purchased a piece of driftwood for the tank. (He lives with a small bristle-nosed catfish and I heard that it was good for their digestion to have driftwood while growing) in a 5 gallon heated and filtered tank. I am setting up a larger tank in the next few months where the catfish will move once he gets a bit bigger but right now he is itty bitty. He also shares his tank with two snails and two oto cats. We have live plants that have been there from the beginning. The tank seemed to be in perfect harmony until adding the driftwood.
I do frequent water changes, 25-50 percent every week or two. (50 percent every two weeks and a 25 inbetween if it needs it.) I also test the water frequently to make sure its safe and not stressful to my fish. Usually I test the ammonia levels and such every other day because I'm a bit of a overly worried fishmom. I tested again after noticing the spots and everything seems perfect.
I don't want to rush out and buy medication if my fish is NOT sick, or risk stressing him out or hurting him by trying to fix a problem that isn't there but of course if he is sick, I will do anything I can to help him get better. I'm worried the driftwood might have been the culprit. should I get rid of it?
Also, no one else in the tank is showing any problems.
Also... if helpful, this is a picture of the driftwood.
(sorry if these are not the best photos. I don' have a camera and am trying to do the best I an with my phone.)
Thanks for any help...