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Old 09-18-2015, 08:23 PM   #1 
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Is this ich?

Hello, today I've noticed a white dot next his mouth.
It seems like an ich.
I'm trying to stay away from chemical med, so is there any natural way of treating it? if it's ick.

How many gallons is your tank? 5gal
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? no

What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets? pellet
Freeze-dried or frozen?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? daily 2~3 pellets

Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform water changes?
What percentage of water did you change? 50% weekly
What additives do you use? water conditioner
What brand name of water conditioner? top fin

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.5
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.5
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? today (it's been a week since I got the fish)
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? there's two bubble thing developed on tip of bottom fin
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating? eating very well
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? no
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta? 1 week
Was he or she a rescue?
Was he or she ill when bought or given?
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:49 PM   #2 
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Well, it is too small of a change to diagnosis it as ich. If I were you, I would get some AQ salt (API brand) and put the required amount for your tank in. This may help, it may not. If you use this method, make sure you get a cup and scoop some tank water in it and THEN put the AQ salt in and mix it until it's completely dissolved. Then and only then you can dump the water back into the tank. You don't want the salt to burn the fish. I also noticed that your tank parameters are not ideal. Your tank is not cycled yet. The good news is soon, the nitrites should transfer into nitrates and then you should do a large waterchange. But, the nitrites are a very harmful bacteria much like ammonia and may be affecting your fish. Like I said, maybe use some AQ salt and just watch him. Nothing too concerning yet.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:18 AM   #3 
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Hi Newlarc,

I too wondered if my Betta's white dots were ich like yours when I just got him, but after 2 months of watching him, the spots are still there, no more no less, and being super active and eating like a pig, I have safely derived that it is how he looks - not ich.

I see similarities in our bettas' white dots, and also their scales, so thought I'll chime in

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