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Old 09-20-16, 02:07 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Re: BRB Losing Scales?

Interesting. The picts are hard to see though – does your camera have a “macro” or closeup setting you can try with?

Are you sure the scale are *gone* rather than just discolored? Ot, maybe ust have a film over them? Normally, scale loss only happens as a result of a bad shed, a local infection, or an injury.
Some rainbow babies just never seem to develop good digestive systems. I have one from 2014 and one from 2015 at home right now.

Suggestion: instead of a vet visit, see if a vet will let you swab it yourself and then send it out for you. They may have to send you a sterile swab, or tell you where to get one…but this will be far less stressful for him. After you take the sample, give him a betadine bath. First let him soak in clear water for 15 minutes in case he wants to drink, then switch to a dilute betadine mixture (roughly the color of tea). If it’s some type of fungus or bacteria that should knock it back. Also change his substrate/disinfect so he does not re-expose himself.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
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