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Old 07-30-2012, 09:46 PM   #1 
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Please help

Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me make sure my betta, King Richie, is okay.

I noticed some a silver coloring on him under a light and it's pretty visible in the pictures below. He also darts around a lot and seems to rub against the decor. I was hoping it's not ick or velvet but if it is, please let me know so I can start treating him asap.

I also started treating him today for fin rot. You can't really tell in the pictures but he has black on the edges; I noticed it a couple days ago but wanted to watch and make sure and it's definitely progressed. I did a 100% water change today and added 1/4 aquarium salt because he's only in a 1/2 gallon tank. If there's a better method, please let me know as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:54 PM   #2 
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That's his coloring... this is very common on reds.
Is also common for reds to have black edges... he might not have rot.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:59 PM   #3 
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Oh haha thank you so much. It definitely makes me feel a lot better. About the rot though, the black wasn't there about a week ago so I just wanted to keep an eye on it. Even if he doesn't have rot, the aquarium salt can't hurt right?
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #4 
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Just don't use more than 10 days. +1 to Vil. That looks like coloring. ^^
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:12 PM   #5 
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+1 to Lebron. You don't want to use it for too long... the key to fin rot is to keep your water super clean.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:17 PM   #6 
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+1 to Vil... Again. Clean water= No fin rot.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:15 PM   #7 
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Look at him from above, are his scales sticking out at all, sort of like a pine cone?
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:24 PM   #8 
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I agree with the others, the silver is his coloring. my orangeish VT has it as well. It's like a bluish silver tint to the scales and some of the fin rays

I would think if he had velvet it would of showed up in the pic. If you take a flashlight, shine it on him and look to see if you fins anything that looks like gold dust on him. This can be tricky though as some bettas have a gold undertone to them.

ick would look like he was sprinkled in salt.

Normally if they are sick one of the earliest symptoms is clamped fins. If he stops eating, clamps up or becomes lethargic - let us know. I would keep an eye on him just in case, but i'm not seeing anything in the photo. I'm also not a fish DR either...
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