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Old 02-15-2019, 10:36 AM   #1
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Is my betta sick?

Yesterday I noticed this spot above Charlie's eye. It's still there today. Maybe it's just me but I felt like he wasn't very excited about his food this morning and he seems to be less active than usual.

Does anyone know what this spot may be? Should I be worried? Should I treat it?

Please help Charlie !
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What's it look like? Can you take/add a picture? What size aquarium is he in? How often do you change the water and how much water at a time?
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Charlie is in half of a 10-gallon tank with happy neocaridinas on the other side. He has a 25-30% water change (and gravel vac) every four or five days. The water tests 6.8 pH, 0 ppm Ammonia, 0 ppm Nitrite, and about 5.0 ppm Nitrate. He's fed twice a day what he can eat in 10 minutes.

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Looks like an injury but to be sure, are his fin clamped at all? Is he hanging around the heater? It could also be a fungal infection but it looks more like scales are missing.
Are there any sharp decorations or plants in there?
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His fins aren't clamped and I haven't noticed him around the heater. I've been using a feeding ring for six months with him and he has bumped into it at times.

What do you suggest? And thank you !
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In the picture it looks whitish/yellow. In reality it's more grey.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:31 PM   #7
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He might have a bacterial infection that he is scratching causing the missuing scales.
If he was by the heater it could be a heater burn.
I suggest googling causes of scale loss in a betta or something like that. It might give you an idea of what is happening or what to watch out for.

Any sharp rocks or anything he could have bumped into? If he's sharing a tank with shrimp im hesitant to tell you to medicate for anything.
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The only thing he may have bumped into is his feeding ring. He gets excited when I feed him sometimes and moves the ring a bit. Do you think something like Seachem Stress Guard would work? Or aquarium salt?
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Not the salt that will harm your shrimp. Stress guard might help for now.
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Thanks Sara, I appreciate your help.
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