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Old 08-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #1 
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Does my new fish have velvet?

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I just ordered a new betta from Thailand. His name is Bowie. He has some orangey red spots on his head that are raised. You can see them in the photo above his eye and the top of his gill. Hes pretty active. I have only had him for 24 hours and have become a neurotic new mommy. Is this velvet? His dorsal fin was pretty damaged in transit, so at the moment I only have a water conditioner and bettafix in his 1 gallon jar and was thinking of adding aquarium salt and aquasol. Any advice would be super appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:56 PM   #2 
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Looks like it's just his coloration.
Stop using the Bettafix, it's not good for bettas.
Salt & Aquarisol is a good combination but use them in moderation. I love aquarisol.
As long as you leave the water clean and warm your fish will heal up quickly
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #3 
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I shined a flashlight on them and they are raised, like grains of sand...
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:57 AM   #4 
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Mine has that too only in brown, his head is a darker shade of brown and has it forever. Its a part of their colouring most likely. If you flashlight him velvet looks likes gold dust spread over him. Is he eating and swiming normaly?
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:46 AM   #5 
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Erased comment, reread the original post and realized I made a mistake XD Nothing to see here!
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He seems pretty normal. Active and flaring and eating...
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #7 
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Continue monitoring him and if he shows any signs of decease you might want to start treatments. But dont be so stressed, i am saying this to you because i got through all the common betta decease guide at one evening and got so scared that i was seeing sings where there existed none. Good thing i got only scared and didnt put any meds in.


Check the health and sick betta column. From what you describe he is on the health one.

http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #8 
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I agree never use betta fix or any other medication ending in -fix.
They contain a tree oil that is known to damage betta's labyrinth organs.

Some people use it and nothing happens to their bettas while others end up killing their betta with it. Personally not a chance I'd take nor reccomend others to take.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:11 PM   #9 
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Dunno about the fix thingies. I am new to bettas though old aquarist. I would not resort to medication unless i am certain though. I would go through the salt route just to be safe than sorry. Salt on good measurements and with frequent water changes wont harm i believe. It might act as a preventive even.
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Dunno about the fix thingies. I am new to bettas though old aquarist. I would not resort to medication unless i am certain though. I would go through the salt route just to be safe than sorry. Salt on good measurements and with frequent water changes wont harm i believe. It might act as a preventive even.
Yes if you want you can treat him with aquarium salt, 2 teaspoons per gallon of water, but you need to do 100% daily water changes when treating. You can only treat for 10 days maximum, prolonged exposure to AQ salt for more than 10 days will damage their kidneys.
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