Sloopie has developed 4 discolored circles on the left side of his body (3 on his face). He is dark blue, so the circles are a lighter blue with his normal color in the middle. Is this a fungal problem? I have recently switched him to a larger tank...he seems active and is eating well, but I want to help him before things get out of control. Thanks in advance :)
What size is your tank? 20 gal
What temperature is your tank? 79
Does your tank have a filter? Yes (Aquaclear Biomax)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No, but the filter makes a lot of air bubbles under the surface
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Zero
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Food (Granular/Pellet)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x per Day
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
I just moved my Betta to his 20 gal tank a week ago today, so I do not have this information yet (doing water checks with test strips to determine this). Before the tank change he was living in a 3.5 gal tank with filter (same food/water treatment) but with no heater. His tank temp was a fairly steady 76 F.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 ppm - low range
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Hardness: 25 ppm
Alkalinity: 40 ppm
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Sloopie has discolored circles on his left side (4 on his face and very start of his body region). He is a dark blue and the circles are a paler blue with his normal dark color in the middle. I will try to take some pictures today.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No he is very active/eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 5 days ago he had one discolored ring on his head. Yesterday I saw 3 others.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I thought it might be fungal related so I did half a dose of API Pimafix last night
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year
This is an amazing site and has been the Bible for my Betta care. Thanks to all who contribute!