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Old 07-16-2010, 11:13 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Crowntail emergency! Face covered in dark blotches/black underneath head

I've been away for a few weeks, and my Mother was looking after my Crowntail Beta, i've come home and he has black splotches around his face and gills, does anyone know what this is/might be? Can someone help me?

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Old 07-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #2 
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I've started off by cleaning his tank and changing the water, using aquarium salts for now, is there anything else I can use?
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #3 
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Can you post a pic?
Are you sure it is not part of his natural coloring or change in color
How is he acting otherwise
How big is the tank and how much and how often on the water changes and when was the last one, additives used, filtration, live plants, water temp?
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I'll try and take one in a few minutes, and I know it's not a part of his natural colouring as he's usually a pink colour and he's got blacky/browny marks on his head and a few on his body. He's acting normally, and he's swimming fine. His tank is about 2.5 gallons and it's filtered. I live in a very warm climate so I don't use heating, he doesn't have any live plants, just a few ornaments. His water temp is usually 72 F

His last water change was two weeks ago when I left, I asked my Mother to change and clean it while I was away but i'm not sure if she has or not. I've started off putting him in a smaller tank with aquarium salt for now.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:16 PM   #5 
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:58 PM   #6 
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Looks like normal color change to me and not uncommon as the fish gets older and sometimes stress and cold can bring it on too.

I would start by increasing the water changes to daily for 4-5 days and then twice weekly 50% since you have a filter and get the water temp up in the 76-78F area
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Okay, thankyou for the help. I've got to clean/change the tanks water tomorrow morning, as I have to let it sit overnight to cool down.

Thankyou for the help, again :)
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You may want to look into getting a heater with an adjustable temperature dial--72 degrees is very low for a betta. Since they are cold blooded their entire metabolism depends on temperature--consistently low temps can cause poor circulation and digestive problems as well as a weakened immune system.

Other than that though, I agree with OFL, it looks like a natural color change to me.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:28 PM   #9 
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I might have to go investigate the onyl fish store in my town tomorrow/next Thursday for a heater, but that was the temperature I was told by a person I know who has a few beta's to have the water at. I live in a very dry, hot climate so all I should have to do is turn the AC down and the temperature will go up. Thanks for the advice though, i'll look into a heater also
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