I am so concerned about Chewie! I have asked JKfish, Bloo... ect.. and NO one can figure out what is wrong with my little guy!
What size is your tank? 5g
What temperature is your tank? Constant 78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? 1 Apple snail
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets, Flakes and Blood worms (as a treat)
How often do you feed your betta fish? In the morning and after supper.
How often do you perform a water change? 50% a week (1 week gravel sucking 1 week just water)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? All Normal
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? 12-18 raised scales
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Swims around all jittery, rubs the raised scales on the gravel.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Scales 3 weeks, Swimming/Rubbing 1 week.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Did Aquarium salt for 7 days.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Fin rot (had it when i bought him)
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unsure
Jk and I sat in Aquarium chat and he asked me several questions... in doing so we excluded Ich (no white spots) Velvet (no coppery/gold looking stuff) Internal parasites (Normal poop) external parasites ect cuz I treated for it. So having said that.... What the HECK is wrong with him! :'(
Those are scales raised... not white stuff... was hard to get a proper picture of it.
-racks brain- isnt raised scapes dropsy?
-digs out info-
Most common and most fatal betta disease, otherwise linked to the feeding of live foods, especially black worms, raised scales are the fluid building up under the skin inside the bettas tissue.usually kidney failure is reason for fluid bild up, once kidneys fail the body dies. the source of my info has had no luck treating this successfully O.O
Is he otherwise acting okay and eating?...just some raised scale and flashing...correct....it could be flukes, fish lice, costia, anchor worms..even high level of heavy metals can cause flashing....what kind and how much dechlorinator do you use...have you tried using a bit more dechlorinator after a water change......
Dose he seem to flash more toward the gills or his body or both...can you tell and how often is he flashing or rubbing on objects in the tank
Its an irritant of some sort and the raised scales may or may not be related per se and just a result from injury with the flashing, however, this can cause open wound and a secondary infection...be sure and increase water changes until you figure out what is going on to help prevent secondary infection.