An acquaintance gave Humperdinck to me about a month ago, and I'm still not quite used to taking care of him -- he's my first fish of any kind. A few days ago, I noticed some silvery, mineral-looking patches behind his mouth and below the eye area. It's possible it was there before and I never noticed, but it doesn't look like part of his natural coloration. It does not look fuzzy or cottony.
I did get behind on changing his water, so that could have caused some kind of problem. He's been a bit lethargic, but that's likely the temp -- I don't have a heater for him yet, so it's around 74F in there. Any idea if this is something to worry about, or what it might be? It could just be natural, but the spots are markedly more reflective than the rest of him.
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
74-76 degrees F
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?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish?
4-5 pellets once daily, 6 days/week
How often do you perform a water change?
1-2 times weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50% and 100% alternating
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
12 drops BettaSafe conditioner, 1/2 tsp. aquarium salt (for 2 gal. water)
Have you tested your water?
If so, what are the following parameters? N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He has whitish, reflective, almost scaly looking patches near his mouth/ in front of gills. It looks more mineral than fuzzy.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He hangs out at the bottom of the bowl a lot, but this may be from the low temperature. (Will be buying mini-heater soon, once I have a bigger tank ready)
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
2-3 days ago. His lighting is bad, so it may have been there earlier.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Bought Hikari Betta Revive, haven't tried it yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Not sure. He's full grown.