I am just not convinced that Diablo doesn't have Velvet. For a long time he was showing all the symptoms but no signs. I have been advised to take him off his meds and treat with fresh water but that was before I saw these questionable gold spots (see pictures). I am not sure if that is just part of his natural shimmer (since he is silver I don't think it is) or if he is finally showing a visible sign. He is still eating well and seems a bit more active in the last couple days. Comes to greet me again at the front of his tank. Pictures of possible velvet and swollen gill below.
What size is your tank? 2.5 G minibow as of last week to make QT/Treatment easier. Was in a 7.5 Gal before.
What temperature is your tank? 80-82
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Mostly frozen bloodworms- that is all he would eat when I first got him. In the last week or so, he will Eat/spit out a pellet and in the end eat most of it. 1-3 pellets a day, 1-2 bloodworms (depending on how many pellets he had). I know frozen food can carry parasites which could be the cause of his illness?
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? Now that he is in his 2.5, daily 75%, and 2 100% a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? See above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Dechlorinator (Bettabowl plus) and for the last 5 days, Copersafe and aquarium salt (1/2 teaspoon per gallon)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes, many times.
pH:7.8 ( I know it's high, i posted another thread before I got Diablo and it was recommended not to mess with it and let him adapt)
Hardness: Not sure
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Clamped fins, scratches on his body. Swollen gill that doesn't shut all the way, he came to me like that and i thought it was just the way he was born. Maybe gold dust? See pictures.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Well, he hasn't seemed quite well since I got him a month ago from Thailand. It's hard to say what he was like before he came to me. But in the last week or so his symptoms have gotten worse. He is lethargic most of the time and floats near the surface or lays on the bottom with clamped fins. These moments are broken up with darting at/against anything he can. I have not seen this in the last 24 hours though. All of his symptoms have improved a LITTLE in the last 24 hours. He likes to rub his head against his little cave.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? They started to become very obvious a little over a week now. He has seemed off since I got him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, he has been treated with AQ salt on and off since i got him 2 week long treatments in the last 5 weeks. His symptoms sounded like a parasite so I have been treating im with coppersafe the last few days. The mystery is, He has no white spots or signs of velvet, so this may not be the right treatment. I have been told that he is probably toxic from treating him too much and should just have clean water. But then i noticed this gold shimmer and wanted to chack. It seems so much like velvet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Since I have owned him, yes.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 4-7 months.