What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? About 70 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes- came with the tank
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Not yet- planning to get a heater soon
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Currently, a trial-size packet of Aqueon betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Only fed him once so far, 3 pellets when I woke up
How often do you perform a water change? Haven't had to yet, I only put him in last night
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Again, haven't had to yet
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon Betta Plus water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He nicked off a scale on his back yesterday in the net when I put him in, and has three little white specks on his head that appeared in the last 10 minutes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all, he seems very active and happy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Nicked scale immediately afterwards, white specks just now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I had put some aquarium salt in when I first put him in- not a lot, just a minimal amount for potential stress. And I put a pinch more in when I noticed the hurt scale.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, I just got him and he looked perfectly healthy in the pet store cup
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea. Looks like he isn't quite fully grown, though.
I don't know if it's really anything to worry about- maybe the bridge I put in for him to swim under is a bit rough and he knocked off a couple more scales? I tried to make sure it was smooth enough, but I dunno. The fact that the three white specks seemed instantaneous bothers me a bit. Also, the spot where he accidentally took off a scale doesn't look infected or anything. Any advice? Should I maybe not worry so much? He's my very first betta, I'm just a tad paranoid because my friend's first betta died of velvet disease within a month or two.