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Old 06-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Velvet?!!!

Hi, I have a male betta with velvet. His body looks like it has dust all over it, he's breathing heavily, he has clamped fins, and he is extremely lethargic. He has been like this for a while. I have shaded him since I read that the parasite thrives in light. I plan on giving him aquarium salts as well. Does anybody know the quantity of aquarium salts I should add? What else can I do for him? Thank you.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #2 
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Treat as you would treat ich. Also, tannins from IAL might help.
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•Treatment: You can treat Ick either conservatively or with medication. Ick is a parasite. Because ick is contagious, it is preferable to treat the whole tank when one fish is found to have it. Ick is temperature sensitive: Leave your betta in the community tank and raise temperature to 85 F. Then you can choose to treat with salt or medication. Conservative: Add 1 tsp/gal Aquarium Salt 3 times, 12 hours apart so that you end up with 3 times the normal concentration. Perform daily 100% water changes to remove fallen parasites before they can reproduce. Replace the water with the right amount of salt. Do not continue this treatment for more than 14 days. If it fails or you do not want to use salt, treat with Jungle’s Parasite Clear, API Super Ick Cure, or Kordon Rid Ich Plus. If your betta lives in a jar/bowl, then it can be difficult to heat the water. There are heaters for smaller containers, but you can also float the quarantine container in a larger heated tank during treatment. Do a full water change every day and add an appropriate amount of medication to the water.
•Alternative Treatment: Personally, I have not found Ick medications very effective. I prefer to use PP to treat all external parasites. In the past, I have used 3 or 4 different ick medications unsuccessfully, and every time I resort to PP which works like a charm. Do lots of research before using PP as it is a more dangerous chemical than most.
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