I found "Red" at Wal-Mart while going to get kitty litter (lol) and I've read tons of posts about betta diseases but I'm still having a problem determing if Red is sick or what...
Okay, first off, he's in a 10 gallon tank with 4 tetras (everyone gets along swimmingly!) and the water is 76 degrees (I'm going to buy a better heater today!). He's red with some silver-y looking scales on his back but since it's not a gold color it's not velvet- right?
Also, after reading the post about fin types, I'm pretty sure he's a CT because if I understand fin rot, his fringies would be deformed and his don't look deformed to me (again, I'm a new fishies momma, so I may not be right) however, what concerns me is he has like darker areas under most of his body scales and around his gills. I've only had him like I said, a few days and it doesn't seem to be getting worse. He's eating some (I'm going to go buy different Betta food because he likes to spit out his flakes- already a picky boy!!) and he's lethargic but I'm pretty sure that's because the water needs to be warmer (again, heater shopping later today for one that will more effectively warm his tank!).
I will post pictures as soon as I can but can anyone give me some direction about the black? I've noticed on some people's avatars and other informative pictures that their fish have these black areas too with no mention of disease or anything and I just want to be sure I'm not missing anything!
When I found him at Wal-Mart he was one of like six boys, one unfortunately was already dead and he was the liveliest of the bunch- he's already tried to jump out twice :) I barely touched his bowl and he went wild but he seems quite content and docile in his 10 gallon tank with his new buddies =D
Thanks in advance for the info and I'll also apologize in adavnce because I'm not sure my fish photography skills are all that grand but practice makes perfect =D