Few Scales Missing

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I noticed one of my baby angels (well, they're not such babies anymore!) has a few scales missing from its body. Water parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, ~5 nitrate, and pH is around 6.9. I perform 50% water changes twice a week. I don't believe the missing scales are due to bad water quality. Could it be that the angel simply hurt itself against something in the tank?

Should I be concerned about this? How very possible is it that the missing scales will lead to some type of infection? Should I take any precautions in advance? Aside from missing scales, the angel looks fine, swims fine, and eats fine.

P.S. I have Copper Safe, Maracyn I, and Maracyn II on hand if anything happens (always like to keep some basic meds just in case anything happens). Also have aquarium salt on hand.
 

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It doesn't sound like there are any problems. It may have rubbed up the wrong way against something in the tank.

I doubt that it will lead to anything, especially with such large water changes. Good luck!
 

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Probably just a bump against something. Just keep a watch for a few days.
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Thanks Marc and Carol. I certainly will keep an eye on my angel, and on all of them anyway. I check them all closely with each feeding for any signs of a disease ever since I noticed the missing scales on one of them. I really hope nothing bad will happen. Hopefully, the large and frequent water changes that I now perform will prevent my angel from getting an infection.
 
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It's been two days since I noticed the missing scales. The angel hasn't developed any infections. Should I assume it is safe now? Or do you need more days to know for sure?
 
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