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Old 11-22-2019, 03:07 PM   #1
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Betta losing scales

My black crown tail betta fish has started losing scales. At first he only lost a few on his head but is has gotten worse. At first I thought he was changing colors to white but I noticed scales at the bottom of the Cup he was in when I was changing his tank he had already been losing scales before changing his tank but at the time I thought it was just a color change. Is this a sickness? Iíve only been able to find a cause being dropsy but he is fine besides the scale lose he eats well is energetic and over all his regular self but Iím concern this could be a serious medical issue that has been going on for three months. Is it normal for them to lose scales? None of my other bettas has had this happen before.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:19 PM   #2
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I don't think it is a normal thing for a fish to be losing scales. What size is your tank? Is it heated with a filter? What are your water parameters? Does he have plenty of hiding spots? Are there any sharp decorations in the tank?

It could be an injury, stress or a sickness so the more information we have the easier it will be for someone to help.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:23 PM   #3
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He was in a one and a half gallon as he was rather small. I had decided to upgrade all my bettas to a 5 gallon minimum ( strong believer of the 2.5 gallon rule for bettas) so he was put in a cup for two days while I was setting up their tanks I noticed it wasn’t a Color Change but scales coming off he is now in a small hospital tank sinse I can’t put him in a large divided tank without risking my others to what ever he may have. This was two weeks ago. I had his water tested right before all this and it was fine and my bettas have only silk soft plants and smooth caves. His tank was kept with a heater and no filter but I did 20% water changes for him weekly. His scale loss has started from his head and gone to his back. He was a pitch black. Also my cups I use are tall 10 cup containers with lids as not to make them feel cramped but this started about two to three months ago.
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Bettas still need filters. Are you putting 2 bettas in a 5 gallon tank with a divider? Can they still see each other or is is more opaque? Are the tanks cycled? Water parameters being "fine" isn't exactly an answer, I was looking for numbers.
It might be stress.
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No my tanks with dividers are typically 20 longs or minimum ten with dividers that have plants separating their view. What I mean is they are cycled properly and my nitrate cycle is fine and working, I uses a smart cycle to add helpful bacteria when I start a new tank. He did not have a filter as small tanks like the one he was in has sucked in one of my bettas ( thank god my baby June survived) and they seem to have a hard time swimming despite the five filter systems I have tried so I use a bubbler and water changes for anytime I have a small tank under two gallons which is very rare. He ( Veve is the name of my betta That is losing scales) was alone in his tank with no view of other fish. I have 8 or more tanks that I test every Wednesday and unless something is off I don’t write it down so I would have to test it again to give you those numbers.
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Got it, I just didn't quite understand or misread what you wrote. It could just be from stress. I did some research and the only sickness I found that had scales falling off was tuberculosis. Keep an eye out for other symptoms like a bent spine and lethargy.
With dropsy the scales pinecone but stay on.
Just keep the water clean and see if anything changes.
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