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Old 10-28-2011, 08:21 PM   #1 
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Question brown pin-holes in head??

Hello. I am new to this site and for awhile now my albino betta has been having these brownish pin-hole looking holes/dots in his head. He seems to be acting fine, he's eating well.

Just interested to know what this might be so I can cure it or just get over it.

Thanks for your help!!
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:16 AM   #2 
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r they more like speckles?? both my bettas have odd colorings on their heads and ive seen a ton on here that also have them...
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:36 AM   #3 
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Welcome to the forums..

Is it possible for you to upload a picture of him so we can see? Is he a true albino, or just white? Can't say for sure what it is unless we can see it, I'm sorry =(
It could be ammonia burns..
What size is the tank?
How often and what % are the water changes?
Do you use conditioner each change?
What is the temp of the water?
Have you tested the water and if so, what are the results?

If you could answer those questions, it may help us some more.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:12 PM   #4 
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I do have a profile picture but cannot figure out how to get it to show.

Tank: 2.5 gallon
Water Change: 20% every couple of weeks but these past 2 weeks I've done 20% each week
Conditioner: Yes!
Temp:76-82 F
Water Test: No I have not.

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Thats kind of a lot but I hope it helps.
Also I noticed that since I put a fake plant in the tank which was two weeks ago his gills are looking a little more pink than usual.....might that be something as well?
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:22 PM   #5 
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Ah.. handsome little guy. He's definitely not albino, looks to be opaque-white.

The spots and red gills are a sign of ammonia burning. 20% for any size tank is not enough a week, let alone every couple of weeks. Unsure the size tank you have, but the general rule of thumb is:

unfiltered tanks:
1-5g 1 50% and 1 100% water change per week
5g+ 1 50% per week and 1 100% per month

Filtered tanks:
1g+ 1 30-50% per week, with siphoning once or twice a month

Dosing the tank with a full dose of conditioner for the tank's volume regardless of the amount of water being replaced.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:12 PM   #6 
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50%!!!!! that seems dangerous...should I start now? I did a 20% yesterday. Is the ammonia from him or maybe the snail?

what is siphoning?
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:36 PM   #7 
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nvm i know what siphoning is haha
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:30 PM   #8 
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The ammonia is from him and especially the snail, as snails have a rather large bio load.
I do 100% changes and 50% changes per week on my tanks, but they don't have filters. With filters you just want to stick with 30-50%. And since you have a snail and are registering ammonia, I would stick closer to the 50% per week with full dose of conditioner.

I'd wait about 3-5 days then do a 50% change, and continue with roughly 40-50% per week since your snail will require that much alone.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:53 PM   #9 
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Yeah I do have a filter. Thanks!!!
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:06 PM   #10 
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So I performed a 50% water change and his symptoms of ammonia poisoning are now very apparent....how long until he starts getting better??

And what are some signs that he might be getting worse??
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