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Old 07-24-2011, 10:30 PM   #1 
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Injury or Bacterial?

Hi Everyone,
This is my new male Crowntail, Winston. Besides being gorgeous, it appears he has a little injury on the top of his head, as well as the corner of his mouth. I purchased him through Aquabid so he arrived via USPS. The seller did a great job packaging him and marked the box "Live Fish". He's a reputable seller too. But that doesn't mean he couldn't have gotten hurt during shipping. Plus, he's been pretty active since he's adjusted to his new home. He swims behind the heater and does rounds through his betta log. Just a few ways he could've nicked himself. I've had him about 2 weeks. Because he's so new, I'm just not sure if he had these spots when I got him. He's so colorful and somewhat spotty anyway. The spots are not white in nature, which would tell me bacterial infection. But I wanted you guys to look at him and tell me what you think. Thanks!

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 QT bowl
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 2x week
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? Prime. Although I used AQ salt for the first few changes just because he came in the mail. I also added a IAL leaf a couple times too.

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

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:8.0
Hardness: ?
Alkalinity: ?

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? None
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown, but he looks like an adult
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:23 PM   #2 
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I'm no expert, but he looks good to me. He's a lovely colour, hope what you're seeing is just his natural colouring.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #3 
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Thanks Silverfang, I believe it's just his coloring too. I wanted to be safe and allow others with more experience to give their opinion. But you're my first response, so I think he's good. Usually I'll get quite a few hits if it's something bad. I'm going to get him to flare in the full light and post him in the "pictures" section. He's a *stunning* crowntail. He's multi-colored but actually gold if the light hits him right. His personality fits him too. Thanks again - I appreciate the response!
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