Question Does My Betta Have Hole In The Head Disease?


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Hello! Exactly five days ago today, my white crowntail betta that I had ordered online came in the mail. I believe that he is still young seeing that he is only about 2 inches long. Right now he is in a 2.5 gallon planted tank. I know some may say that this is a tad bit too small and that I should put him in a 5 gallon, but I do not have enough space for one and I think 2.5 should be just fine. The tank is properly cycled and was established 2 months ago, thus, water parameters are fine. He has been doing great lately and has been showing signs of good health. He is very active, super curious about everything and has a pretty good appetite. But just a moment ago as I was observing him, I noticed that he had small holes on his head. I quickly looked back at the picture that was posted of him from the seller online to see if these holes were there to begin with, or if these holes have just formed recently. Down below is a picture of him posted by the seller:
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As you can see, there are a few small holes at the side of his face which were something I had never noticed before purchasing him. Down below are a few pictures of his face now:

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Are these signs of hole in the head disease or are these normal features of a betta fish's face? If these are signs of hole in the head disease please suggest possible ways for me to properly treat him. Thank you so much!
 

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I agree with Demeter, sensory pits, also pigment. Being a bright white fish, any pigment speck or patch will be conspicuously highlighted.
 

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I agree with everyone else, it's not often that you get to observe them this close, very beautiful fish!
 

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Hello! Exactly five days ago today, my white crowntail betta that I had ordered online came in the mail. I believe that he is still young seeing that he is only about 2 inches long. Right now he is in a 2.5 gallon planted tank. I know some may say that this is a tad bit too small and that I should put him in a 5 gallon, but I do not have enough space for one and I think 2.5 should be just fine. The tank is properly cycled and was established 2 months ago, thus, water parameters are fine. He has been doing great lately and has been showing signs of good health. He is very active, super curious about everything and has a pretty good appetite. But just a moment ago as I was observing him, I noticed that he had small holes on his head. I quickly looked back at the picture that was posted of him from the seller online to see if these holes were there to begin with, or if these holes have just formed recently. Down below is a picture of him posted by the seller:View attachment 538044
As you can see, there are a few small holes at the side of his face which were something I had never noticed before purchasing him. Down below are a few pictures of his face now:

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Are these signs of hole in the head disease or are these normal features of a betta fish's face? If these are signs of hole in the head disease please suggest possible ways for me to properly treat him. Thank you so much!
Normal Now worries unless he is hiding, and not eating
 




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