Okay, never had a fish this color before. He's been home from Petco for about two weeks, eats great, no distress, seems to be completely fine and healthy...then I took a picture of him...and I'm seeing these gold colorations. :P (sticky is filled out below)
Can they have velvet and by asymptomatic? Or is this just his coloring? Also, he has a tank mate, treat them both?
What size is your tank? 10 gallon divided, so 5 gal per fish
What temperature is your tank? 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? not yet (getting it cycled)
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? divided tank, 1 other male betta
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH betta bites, NLSpectrum, and occasionally tetra betta flakes and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x/day
How often do you perform a water change? 50% every 4-5 days (I check the ammonia, and whichever comes first: over 0.25ppm, or 5 days has passed since last change)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API water dechlorinator, and Jungle Right Start (stress coat, mostly for his tank mate who had serious ammonia burns and was a tail biter until he left his solo cup of doom at Petco)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: not quite 0.25ppm, but not quite 0ppm either. Using the water test kit with the solutions, no strips
Hardness: 100 (fairly soft)
Alkalinity: 120 (ideal)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he is gold dusted
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no change, swims, eats, no gasping, no laying on the bottom, very active
When did you start noticing the symptoms? took a photo yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet, not sure if he needs it
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6 mos? Looks to be an adult, just came home from petco about 14 days ago.
Thanks in advance!