Should I Be Worried About My Betta

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by kathyfish, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. kathyfish

    kathyfishNew MemberMember

    Hello, my Betta fish has a spot on his head for about 4 days now and I am not sure if he bumped it or is missing a scale or if this is very serious. Please advise, thank you.


    What is the water volume of the tank?
    5 Gallons
    How long has the tank been running?
    1 year
    Does it have a filter?
    Does it have a heater?
    Yes, preset at 78 degrees.
    What is the water temperature?
    78 degreede
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
    Just him and some water plants.

    How often do you change the water?
    Not often as I should, once every 2 weeks.
    How much of the water do you change?
    Varies between 25% to all.
    What do you use to treat your water?
    Water conditioner from Aqueon, but I just bought prime.
    Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
    Sometimes both, sometimes just water.

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish?
    What do you use to test the water?
    I don't, I didn't know.I was supposed to do that, I will now.
    What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.


    How often do you feed your fish?
    1 betta pellet once in mornings, sometimes get 2.
    How much do you feed your fish?
    1 pellet
    What brand of food do you feed your fish?
    Omega One
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish?
    1 year almost
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
    4 or 3 days ago

    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
    Small dark spot on his head

    Have you started any treatment for the illness?

    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?

    Is this a serious issue or is he just missing a scale?


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  2. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

    I have a few questions to ask you: Is he still eating? What color is feces? Has his color changes?

    A few words that I would like to add: It seems that you do not list your parameters. Listing your parameters is crucial in order to determine whether the chemistry of the water is safe for fish or not. Getting an API Master Kit would accurately determine how safe your water parameter really is. Also, you haven't done much water changes. You said that you do a 25% every 2 weeks, however, that isn't enough to help dilute the amount of nitrates. If you're doing your weekly water changes, then you should do around 25% and around 50% if you're doing every 2 weeks.
  3. OP

    kathyfishNew MemberMember

    Thank you for your response!! So kind!!

    He is eating like usual, he is very active and excited for his food, like normal. His feces are the usual color, green-brown. His color is normal. Does it look like he hit himself or is it serious?

    Thank you for the advice, I will buy what you suggested tomorrow. He hates it when I run the filter, so I run it only every other day.
    I will make an effort to change his water more often.
  4. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

    Then yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. If he's acting normal, than there's nothing wrong with him. As for the spot, it'll naturally heal over time. If your betta doesn't like the filter, then you should switch it to a sponge filter.
  5. OP

    kathyfishNew MemberMember

    That is reassuring to hear. I was worried it looked like ich.
    Should I buy aquarium salt?
  6. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

    I never used aquarium salt.
  7. OP

    kathyfishNew MemberMember

    Thank you for the advice!