Betta fish has weird scales after water change.

XFY

Member
Hello, I have a betta fish in a 5 Gallon aquarium which has a pH of 7.4, Nitrate is 0, Nitrite is 0, and Ammonia is 0. I use the API tube test kit. Today I did my weekly water change of about 25%. I added tapwater conditioner, stress coat, and beneficial bacteria as I always do to the tap water. My male halfmoon betta is still healing a part of his tail which he got torn from a ornament which I removed last week when I noticed it, I have been adding betta fix to help him heal. Now after about 2 hours after the water change I noticed that he has this gray/brownish color scales on his head shown in the picture as best as I could. His behavior is exactly the same he is still flaring up like usual and eating normally also. Is this some kind of disease? After looking at some disease on the internet I couldnt really find anything that matches. Also could I be doing something wrong with the water changes and causing this? Any help would be appreciated thank you.
 

SeaMonkey06

Member
XFY said:
Hello, I have a betta fish in a 5 Gallon aquarium which has a pH of 7.4, Nitrate is 0, Nitrite is 0, and Ammonia is 0. I use the API tube test kit. Today I did my weekly water change of about 25%. I added tapwater conditioner, stress coat, and beneficial bacteria as I always do to the tap water. My male halfmoon betta is still healing a part of his tail which he got torn from a ornament which I removed last week when I noticed it, I have been adding betta fix to help him heal. Now after about 2 hours after the water change I noticed that he has this gray/brownish color scales on his head shown in the picture as best as I could. His behavior is exactly the same he is still flaring up like usual and eating normally also. Is this some kind of disease? After looking at some disease on the internet I couldnt really find anything that matches. Also could I be doing something wrong with the water changes and causing this? Any help would be appreciated thank you.
Hello,

I'm not sure about the colour, but it almost looks like he's pineconing a bit in that first picture. Do you have any top view photos just so that we can rule that out as a possibility? He does look a little bloated though it's hard to tell. Is there anything he could have scratched himself on? It doesn't sound as though you're doing anything with your water changes, though you don't need to add a bb supplement every water change, though it won't harm anyone. Did you cycle your tank? 0 Nitrates says no, unless you have a SUPER heavily planted tank. This could be causing stress?

Sorry about all these questions, probably not too helpful
 

Jaykay1stBetta

Member
SeaMonkey06 said:
Hello,

I'm not sure about the colour, but it almost looks like he's pineconing a bit in that first picture. Do you have any top view photos just so that we can rule that out as a possibility? He does look a little bloated though it's hard to tell. Is there anything he could have scratched himself on? It doesn't sound as though you're doing anything with your water changes, though you don't need to add a bb supplement every water change, though it won't harm anyone. Did you cycle your tank? 0 Nitrates says no, unless you have a SUPER heavily planted tank. This could be causing stress?

Sorry about all these questions, probably not too helpful
Also just started a betta tank didn't nitro cycle just acclimated him and threw in java moss and sword plant today. He has filter and heater seems to love to play in the filter flow but the water looks like it's getting a little muggy looking. Any tips. It's a 10 gal by the way with only natural light source
 

SeaMonkey06

Member
Jaykay1stBetta said:
Also just started a betta tank didn't nitro cycle just acclimated him and threw in java moss and sword plant today. He has filter and heater seems to love to play in the filter flow but the water looks like it's getting a little muggy looking. Any tips. It's a 10 gal by the way with only natural light source
Do you have a Master Test Kit? I've seen a lot of posts about your new betta tank... The best way to deal with all your troubles is to create a thread titled "first betta tank" and put all your questions on there. Don't want to hijack this thread, will post something on your profile page...
 

Jaykay1stBetta

Member
SeaMonkey06 said:
Do you have a Master Test Kit? I've seen a lot of posts about your new betta tank... The best way to deal with all your troubles is to create a thread titled "first betta tank" and put all your questions on there. Don't want to hijack this thread, will post something on your profile page...
I just got stripped water from the lfs and some bacter aqueon balls
 

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