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Old 01-31-2011, 10:47 PM   #1 
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Pineconing?

Just bought a new betta girl the other day, and I am noticing some slightly raised scales... since I don't have any other bettas around at the moment to compare her to, I wasn't sure if I should be worried! Are bettas usually completely smooth? I can see where her scales end, from the side but especially from the top. Tried to snap a picture, but she was waay too active.

I hope that I'm just being over-observant.... I would HATE to lose her so early! Worrying about fish is so emotionally exhausting
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #2 
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Keep an eye on her. If she also start to bloat up and turns pail then I would worry and if that does happens then there is nothing you can really do cause there is no cure for Dropsy.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:07 PM   #3 
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Just bought a new betta girl the other day, and I am noticing some slightly raised scales... since I don't have any other bettas around at the moment to compare her to, I wasn't sure if I should be worried! Are bettas usually completely smooth? I can see where her scales end, from the side but especially from the top. Tried to snap a picture, but she was waay too active.

I hope that I'm just being over-observant.... I would HATE to lose her so early! Worrying about fish is so emotionally exhausting
Saaammmee problem :c Is she with others? If so, remove her. Try cupping her and bobbing her in the tank, secured so she wont sink.
Its also a good way to take pictures; since she doesnt have as much space to move, she'll be easier to photograph. You can even do it at different angles.

Good luck :c
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:17 PM   #4 
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So bettas are usually totally smooth? Can you see any ridges in a healthy betta?

Should I start salt treatments or anything? I know there is no cure if it is dropsy... : ( Noooo I really don't want her to be sick!

She has a five gal to herself, and is acting normally at the moment. Very active and very hungry! I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:23 PM   #5 
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Some bettas that are dragon types will have thicker scales, but most are smooth.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:38 PM   #6 
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You might just be over-noticing. If she's feeling well, leave her be, feed her normally and keep her cozy cozy.
Ive heard salts can do much more harm than good as per raised scales/pineconing.
Honestly, I can kinda see ridges even in my healthy fish, always have been. But theyre sooo slight. It depends on what you mean by "raised".
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