What's Wrong With My Betta

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So I got Zenny, my 'dragonscale' betta (I don't think he's a dragonscale) from petco about two weeks ago. When I first got him he seemed like he was the healthiest one at the store and was all white with a blue sheen, but just within the last week or so he started turning a blackish (blue?) throughout his entire body, and the edges of his fins, too. I also noticed that he doesn't have any scales on his head. I have started doing the aquarium salt treatment as he does seem like he has some fin rot going on. He is in a 3 gallon tank with a heater, but no filter as I have him in an aquafarm which is suppose to be an aquaponic system that uses plants as the biological filter on top of the zymbac (nitrifying bacteria) I've added when I first got him. I've also added driftwood and catappa leaves to his tank to help soften the water and he has a cory as a tank mate(in a separate tank at the moment due to the aquarium salt treatment). I just want to make sure I am doing the right things and that he's just going through color changes and not any other illness cause I can't seem to find anything related to what's happening to him. I've attached some pictures for reference. Also, from what I've researched, he really doesn't seem like a dragonscale if anyone has a better idea of what he might be, please let me know as well thanks! IMG_3604.jpg IMG_3625.jpg
 

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Bettas often change colour, I believe dragonscales are known for that. So nothing to worry about apart from fin rot.

Also 3 gallons is a bit too small for a betta or a Cory, upgrade the betta to a 5 and the Cory to a 20 with five of its own species (at least)
 

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Salt wont treat fin rot. Fin rot is almost always caused by poor water quality, and since you said you dont have a filter, thats the problem. Do daily water changes and keep his water "clean" and the rin rot will clear up.
 

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dlehsuan said:
So I got Zenny, my 'dragonscale' betta (I don't think he's a dragonscale) from petco about two weeks ago. When I first got him he seemed like he was the healthiest one at the store and was all white with a blue sheen, but just within the last week or so he started turning a blackish (blue?) throughout his entire body, and the edges of his fins, too. I also noticed that he doesn't have any scales on his head. I have started doing the aquarium salt treatment as he does seem like he has some fin rot going on. He is in a 3 gallon tank with a heater, but no filter as I have him in an aquafarm which is suppose to be an aquaponic system that uses plants as the biological filter on top of the zymbac (nitrifying bacteria) I've added when I first got him. I've also added driftwood and catappa leaves to his tank to help soften the water and he has a cory as a tank mate(in a separate tank at the moment due to the aquarium salt treatment). I just want to make sure I am doing the right things and that he's just going through color changes and not any other illness cause I can't seem to find anything related to what's happening to him. I've attached some pictures for reference. Also, from what I've researched, he really doesn't seem like a dragonscale if anyone has a better idea of what he might be, please let me know as well thanks!View attachment 438413 View attachment 438414
It’s not bad for a Betta to change colors! Mine did within the first 2 days of having him. It means he has been well taken care of and is healthy. When I got him is was light blue and pink, after a could days he turned dark blue and red. Aside from possible fin rot, Zenny looks beautiful!

Also, I agree with the person who said you have the wrong size tank. Bettas should be in no less than a 5 gallon and Corys in no less than a 20 with at least 5 others. I made the mistake of only getting 2 Corys; I still have to get 4 more.
 
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I am currently on day 2 of doing daily water changes with the aquarium salt to help him recover and just ordered a mini filter. How about his scaleless head though? Will they eventually grow back?
 

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dlehsuan said:
I am currently on day 2 of doing daily water changes with the aquarium salt to help him recover and just ordered a mini filter. How about his scaleless head though? Will they eventually grow back?
Their heads do not have visible scales unless they have diamond eye.
 
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Got it thank you guys so much for the advices! One last question I have regarding aquarium salt is once I’m done treating him with it do I need to gradually lessen the amount of salt and eventually back to freshwater or can I just stop?

NinaB said:
Oh wow, my betta looks quite similar! He has the same black stripes on his fins as well and they have always been there.
Your betta is beautiful! I hope Zenny grows to be just as gorgeous!
 
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