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Old 06-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #1 
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Help, Please. What is this?



Apologies for the quality of the photo; my betta is terrified of the camera.

There are two small white spots on his head, one just above his eye. He was fine yesterday morning, but in the afternoon, I noticed one of the spots. By the evening, there was a second one. He's still eating and behaving normally and doesn't seem hindered by it, but I'm still worried because of how quickly it came on. I think it might be a fungus, but I'm still new to betta keeping, so I figured I'd ask you guys here first.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:06 PM   #2 
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Have you researched Ich...google some pic and see if they look like what you are seeing....I can't tell much by the pics......how long have you had him....

Need some more information...

How big is the tank, how much and how often are the water changes, water temp, any sudden water temp changes, filter, live plants, additives, tank mates, appetite, has he ever been sick and/or treated...if so, explain....
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:09 PM   #3 
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If you fill this out, it will help OFL and anyone else figure our how to help you...

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 06-06-2011, 07:33 PM   #4 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80-82 degrees F.
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? One snail.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Two pellets twice a day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every two weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner and a little aquarium salt.

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

Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Two small white spots on his head.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday afternoon.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet; I'm not sure what to do.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope.
How old is your fish (approximately)? N/A

I'm sorry that I forgot to add that.

Also, I don't have a water testing kit yet; the one I wanted was sold out at the pet store here. I'm going to order one online ASAP. I've had him for a few weeks. His tank has several live plants in it, including fern, ribbon plants, and hornwort.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:38 AM   #5 
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Hi Ragdoll. First, in a tank that small and even with lots of plants, I think you're going to want to change his water more often than every 2 weeks. Most people here in the forum recommend 1 50% and 1 100% change a week. And although it won't hurt him per se, you don't need to add the aquarium salt every time you change water unless you are trying to treat something.

Next, are the spots only on your bettas head? Are they raised up like lumps? Are they very big or small, like the size of a grain of salt? If your betta's camera-shy (and a lot are), the next best thing you can do is describe these spots as best as you can.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:02 AM   #6 
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I finally got a good look at him, and the spots aren't actually spots; they seem to be missing scales. The two spots are now one and there was actually a scale hanging loose from that spot. I'm going to remove some things from his tank to see what he's been hurting himself on.

Thank you all so much for your help and advice. I'll start changing his water more often now and read up on betta diseases more, just in case.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:44 AM   #7 
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I've actually noticed this on a couple of my males. Sometimes the scales turn black or white, or so it seems until I get an up close look at him and realize it's either his natural colors coming out or a missing scale.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:15 AM   #8 
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In a 2.5gal filtered tank with live plants...1-50% weekly should maintain water quality...double check the ribbon plants though...I am not sure its aquatic......but active growth of hornwort alone can help water quality....

Good that you figured out what the problems is......
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:40 PM   #9 
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Thank you, Burd; that makes me feel a little less nervous. I love your avatar photo, by the way.

OFL: It was sold to me by Petsmart as an aquarium plant, but reading online tells me that isn't actually meant to be aquatic. I might try removing that, too. Thank you!
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #10 
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Thank you, Burd; that makes me feel a little less nervous. I love your avatar photo, by the way.

OFL: It was sold to me by Petsmart as an aquarium plant, but reading online tells me that isn't actually meant to be aquatic. I might try removing that, too. Thank you!
Can't always trust Petsmart. They sold me a mondo grass that's not really aquatic either.
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