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Old 03-15-2011, 06:07 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help!

bettas scales are falling off!?!??!

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Old 03-15-2011, 06:12 PM   #2 
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Please answer these so everyone can help you better:

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
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?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:19 PM   #3 
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calm down BeCks :) is it all over or one spot? i fund my boys loose scales if they head butt the glass too much lol
the scales DO grow back :)
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:23 PM   #4 
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just one spot lol
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:26 PM   #5 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? dunno
Does your tank have a filter? yeah but now its broken cuz im clumsy
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? nope
Is your tank heated? lamp?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? other bettas

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, every other day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once every month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? betta fix, water cleaner stuff

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

Ammonia:dunno
Nitrite:dunno
Nitrate:dunno
pH:dunno
Hardness:dunno
Alkalinity: dunno

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? losing scales on one spot, dark area
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hasnt
When did you start noticing the symptoms? week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?yeah, it had ick once
How old is your fish (approximately)? idk
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:33 PM   #6 
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Oh, wow... Um, water changes in an 10g need to be at least 50% a WEEK, not 100% a month. I'm afraid you were misinformed there. Also, bettas need to be kept at a constant 77-83F, and a lamp just wont work. Even if it DID heat the water to at least 77, the water would cool down dramatically overnight. Leaving the lamp on all the time wouldnt work either, because bettas need a day/night cycle, just like we do :) A thermometer will help you figure out what temperature your water is. A heater is a must though, a 50W works on a 10g. ;)

Edit: The bettafix is just a watered down version of melafix, which harms the labryinth organ bettas use to breathe air. Just stick to water conditioner during a water change or salt if someone else here on the forum recommends using it. ;)
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:41 PM   #7 
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i dont have money to buy the heater because i need to buy a water filter, i cant do water changes every week or my fish get stressed and sick. which means i need to buy more stuff or they die.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #8 
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They Need the heater. They do not need a filter.
You need to do more changes, not really buy more per se, but well. That happens with fish and pets and generally.
Buy what they need if you can and do the needed changes to help him..
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:57 PM   #9 
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Heater first, filter second.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:58 PM   #10 
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i dont have money to buy the heater because i need to buy a water filter, i cant do water changes every week or my fish get stressed and sick. which means i need to buy more stuff or they die.
You can do water changes every week, because your fish get BETTER with water changes, not sick. As long as you dont pour in freezing cold water during water changes, and remember the water conditoner, he'll be fine. Water changes every week are a MUST. No one does water changes only once a month, their fish get sick and ill like yours has. :/ See what I mean?
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