Is this ich on betta?

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Apr 8, 2019
Shorter Version of Diagnostics Form:
1. Size of tank? 5 Gallon Marineland Portrait

2. a. Ammonia? 0
b. Nitrite? 0
c. Nitrate? 10
d. pH, KH and GH? pH 6.8. dunno KH and GH

3. Temperature? Usually 78-79. I am increasing it for possible ich treatment currently 81ish.

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW

5. How long the aquarium has been set up? Almost 2 months. 3 weeks cycle. Then Betta added.

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
1 Betta and 1 Cherry Shrimp. ( Only 1 cherry shrimp in this tank because I want to make sure the Betta wont eat him.)

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
No. (New tank)

8. a. Any live plants? Yes. Amazon Sword and Dwarf Sagittaria.
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Flourite Black
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? 1 wood

9. a. Filtration? Built in Marineland Portrait. Heater? Zarco heater.

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? Marineland Portrait original LED light. 6 hours daily.
Any sunlight exposure? How long? Not direct just room lightning.

11. a. Water change schedule? Once a week.
b. Volume of water changed? 20-30%
c. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? Not vacuum. Just the surface.

12. Foods? Betta pellet and frozen live brine shrimp
How often are they fed? Once a day with 1 day a week fast

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? I think I saw him scratching the bottom of his head this morning. But when I get close. He stopped.
b. Appearance of poop? Dunno
c. Appearance of gills? The inside of the gill is white.

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? No
b. What meds were used? NA

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.

I can only see the bottom part of the head with discoloration if I have the flashlight on him. Without the flashlight. He looks ok. Only the inside of the gill I can see a bit white.

Is this Ich or am I just being paranoid?








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Aug 14, 2001
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I don't see anything that looks like ich. Ich will look like salt crystals stuck to the fish.


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Original poster
Apr 8, 2019
Thank you OrionGirl. I will keep an eye out. I think I am just getting paranoid. I am seeing some neon in my 20 gallon tank thats scratching themselves on the leaves.