Urgh. I just did this WHOLE post before and my computer decided to bluescreen and whipe it out. Im so mad. dkfajlsekfjasldkfj
ANYWAY URGH AGAIN.
Today I noticed the scales on Basch's head appear very jagged and raised. They look almost missing, and I believe a few are. He also appears to have a few missing on his body, there are pink spots where they appear missing.
He is NOT pineconing and his body's scales are not at all raised. His brother, Alle, is just dandy.
I have a suspicion its his new drift wood but want some advice.
What size is your tank? 5 gallon divided
What temperature is your tank? 78' for the past week, normally 80-82'
Does your tank have a filter? yes, cycled
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? Another betta who is fine and a snail on the other side of the divider.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One mini pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-6 pellets a day, spaced out evenly.
How often do you perform a water change? When cycled like 25% a week, keeping the nitrates under 10..
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Varies from 25-75%, bigger to clean from plant debris and snail poo
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Dechlorinator and recently Flourapride for the plants, infrequently
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrate: trace, recently cycled
pH: neutral 6.8-7.2
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Now has raised and jagged scales on head, missing scales on head and a few on body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Slightly less active, havent been home as much recently, though.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today in severity, but may have noticed before when it wasnt very bad, hard to tell because of head's color.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? None yet, to see what it is. I have AQ salt that was in the water, so now minute amounts from last water change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Anywhere from 5-8 months, 3-6 months when bought from the breeder.
Note: I dont have a heater for a seperate QT, its not working. I need to either treat him in the big, divided tank or while in a bag or cup in the big tank.
Before you suggest it, I cant get IAL or oak leaves. Period, cant.
This is basch before (head):
Side view: (especiall on the crest of his head on top)
Missing scales (hard to see, are pinkish:)