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Black tiny spots on my Female/Crowntail Betta     3/1/17
I notice three very tiny black spots on my Female/Crowntail Betta's back area(close to her head), and some black spots on her fins (left side).
These spot start appearing when I thought my fish tank had cycled. It took a while but, now the tank is cycled. Ammonia 0, pH 7, Nitrites 0, and Nitrates 0. I have a great filter and heater (depending on the temp in the room it can be 78-80 degrees. The spots do not seem to hurt or bother her.
I check to see if they were holes but, they are not. Could going through the cycling cause these spots?
<Might well be a factor here... Can't be very sure w/o looking at myself, perhaps sampling, observing w/ a microscope; but "dark marks" in/on Bettas (and other fishes) are often evidence of stress, neurological damage... and just genetic (Melanocyte) expression>
The ammonia has high for a week and then 0.
<Ahh; another stressor; often deadly>
Then the nitrites became high for a couple of days and then 0. The Nitrates were 5.0 ppm and then 0. I used good bacteria to hurry the cycling process. I have a 2.5 gallon tank.
<Needs to NOT be present in a cycling system; NEEDS a stable, heated, filtered world>

When I purchase my Betta, she was very small not even a half inch long. I thought a larger tank would be to much
for her being so young. I do plan to purchase a 5 gallon tank when she get about 2 inches long.
I would be very thankful for your help. I look forward to hearing from you.
<I would provide the mentioned needs and NOT treat/medicate here; as this will only add further stress>
Thank you for taking the time to read my email.
Carolyn Bagley
<Thank you for writing so clearly, completely. Bob Fenner>

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