These first two photos are of Obie "before" the whitish color patch of scales behind his head.
These last two photos are of Obie "after" the recent scale discoloration developed behind his head. See circled in yellow in photo below.
What is the water volume of the tank? 13 lbs (5.5 gal tank)
How long has the tank been running? 1 year
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes
What is the water temperature? 80 degrees
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 1 male half moon betta fish, 2 marimo moss balls.
How often do you change the water? Every two weeks and as needed
How much of the water do you change? 50%
What do you use to treat your water? Seachem Prime, Garlic Guard, Stress Guard, Flourish. API Quickstart, API Aquarium Salt, Boyd Enterprises Vitachem. Kordon Fish Protector.
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Both
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No but it's been fully cycled, balanced and tested for many months.
What do you use to test the water? API test kit for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH.
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
pH: 7.4 - 7.5
How often do you feed your fish? Twice daily. Fasts one day a week.
How much do you feed your fish? 3-4 pellets OR blood worms OR daphnia - about the size of his stomach
What brand of food do you feed your fish? NorthFin pellets and HikarI freeze-dried
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? pellets and freeze-dried
Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 1 year
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3-4 days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? no symptoms yet. only visible appearance change.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? no
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? no behavior change so far, appearance change only. Strange scale discoloration
Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
A few days ago, my betta developed a strange discoloration on the scales behind his head. It is a rather large spot that's whitish, cloudy and semi-transparent. It has not changed in size or shape since the first day. Perhaps the only change I've seen visibly is it got less whitish and closer to his normal scale colors. His behavior has not altered. He still behaves like he's healthy and active.
Could this have been caused by him simply bumping into something? If so, will it just heal on its own?
I don't think it's Ich. It's not a bunch of tiny white dots, just the one patch. I don't think it's lymphocystis either. The patch doesn't have an opaque, bulging, cauliflower or fuzzy/cotton look. It's smooth and flush against his body. But if someone thinks it may be something I tried to rule out here please enlighten me!
WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT TREATMENT DOES HE NEED? COULD IT POSSIBLY CLEAR UP ON ITS OWN? WHAT CAN I DO FOR HIM? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!
Also, it's time for me to change his water and vacuum the gravel, but I don't want to cause any stress if he may be ill. Do you think it's safe for me to clean his tank now? (He normally has NO trouble with me doing anything in his tank. He's fearless. Always curiously swimming right into the middle of the action instead of away and hiding)
Previous health history: My betta has had torn fins for a long time. They first began to shred when I moved him from his 1.5 gal tank to his current 5.5 gal. I tried several safe treatments when I thought he possibly had fin rot or another bacterial infection. Now, I don't think he was ever sick with an infection before, but he hasn't grown his fins back.
I've taken every possible precaution in setting up and maintaining his tank. I covered the filter intake with soft material and added a baffle so the outflow was gentle. The bubbles from his bubbler are tiny and gentle. He loves to bite and chase them a lot. I've sanded down his ornaments to great extent and his plants are all artificial silk. It's a safe environment, but he still plays rough and hasn't been able to regrow his fins back to their full glory. He's a very vigorous, active boy with an eager appetite (I'm careful to never overfeed).
Even though he's been fine otherwise, could his fins that have been continuously torn for months have caused this white discoloration?