This is the first Betta I have ever had and he seems to be down with Velvet. I got him from my LFS and he was in good condition until yesterday.
He is currently in an 2.5 gallon tank. It has no heater (the house is constantly at 78 though) or filter. There is some Java Moss in the tank.
He mainly eats pellets and live mosquito larvae. I feed him twice a day, three pellets each feeding. He gets mosquito larvae twice a week instead of the pellets, and I feed him 5 of those in a day. I fast him on Sundays.
The water is changed twice a week, 100% on Mondays and 15-25% on Thursday (just siphon the gravel). I only treat the water with Prime from Seachem. I have not tested the parameters.
Symptoms and Treatment
His colors look dull. There are small white specs on his face and there seems to be a layer of dust all over his body, so I suspect it's velvet. He is in good spirits, though. He eats as usual and swims around a lot, but I have seen him suddenly swimming very fast and trying to scratch his face against the gravel or the decorations.
I need help with deciding how to treat him. I have some aquarium salt. Since he gets his water change today, I am adding half a tablespoon to begin treatment immediately and reducing the photo period. Hopefully that will be enough, but just in case I got CopperSafe from Amazon and a water tersting kit to make sure the parameters are ok. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. I love the little fella.
Here's a picture of him right now. I don't have a camera, so that's all I could do with my phone: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2obzxw5nvraxzmy/velvet.jpg