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I got my betta Aether around a month ago. Everything has been good, and he’s even grown back most of his dorsal fins that got ripped in the pet store.
But now he has a scale that is sticking up near his dorsal fin. It’s just one, and he’s not showing any other signs of sickness. He’s just as energetic, is eating just as much, and is overall normal.
The top 4 photos show the scale sticking up, and the bottom 2 show the light pink skin under it.
Could this just be a little injury? Could it be sickness? Or am I just overreacting?
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Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
-5
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?
-None
Food:
What food brand do you use?
-Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
-Pellets
Freeze-dried?
-No
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?
-3 pellets in the morning and at night

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
-Once a week
What percentage of water did you change?
-25
What is the source of your water?
-Tap water
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
-Siphon
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner?
-API stress coat, and Aquasafe Tetra dechlorinator
Water Parameters:
Ammonia: 1
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 50
pH: 7.6
Hardness (GH): unknown
Alkalinity (KH): unknown

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
-Today
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
-A single scale near his dorsal fin is sticking up
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
-It hasn’t changed
Is your Betta still eating?
-Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
-No treatment
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
-No
How long have you owned your Betta?
-One month
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?
-His tail fins were ripped up when I got him
 

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It looks like an injury to me but I am not 100% certain. That being said, if it is an injury it can easily become infected if the water levels are too high. 1ppm ammonia is much too high and we like to see nitrate levels between 5-20. If it were mine I would do 4 25% water changes 4 hours apart to avoid shock. You can get some indian almond leaf for the tank to help with healing. Are there sharp bits on his plants or décor?
Thank you, I’ll do the water changes, and I’ve made sure there are no sharp bits anywhere in his tank. I’ve used the leaves before, but they made the tank water so cloudy, and actually caused an ammonia spike. I think that’s why it’s so high right now.
 
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