Subject: beta splendens
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000
I have had a beta for almost a year. I change the water every 3 weeks and
every other day. It is dark blue in color, but I noticed a patch on his tail
to a reddish color. I have been putting "quick cure" for ick in the water,
uncertain because the description of this disease talks about "white spots."
fish is very active and does not appear to have any symptoms of disease.
normal for these fish to have color changes?
It does not sound like your friend has ick. The white spots you have mentioned
generally characterize it. The red patch is probably a bacterial infection
caused by some
excess of pollutant in the water. Sometimes the red patches will continue
to grow if they
are not treated and will develop a white fungus on them as well. My suggestion
be to purchase a medicine at a local fish store for this bacterial infection.
It is also important
to note: 1) you are doing well with your water changes, so keep it up. 2)
water be sure to use a proper water conditioner. 3) Always be sure to treat
a disease with
the proper medication and always the proper dose. Give your Betta a little
until his slime coat has recovered. An example would be a product called
available at most any fish store. Fish can experience color changes for various
so before you treat it, make sure it is a disease. It should be quite easy
to tell. I wish you
Betta well. Feel free to write again.