Hey everyone! I have been lurking around the forums for a while now, but I have a specific question for you guys. I just got my new buddy, a halfmoon double tail named Mr. Bubbles, from Petco about two weeks ago. When he was still in the cup in the store, I noticed a small silver-looking patch around his gill area. I wasn't sure if it was velvet or just part of his natural color, but I really wanted him, so I decided to take the plunge. He was the most lively out of the bunch and I thought he was gorgeous.
I started him off in a 2 gallon while I waited for my new tank, decorations, etc. to arrive from Amazon. A couple days ago, his 5 gallon tank and decorations/plants arrived, so I excitedly set up his new home. I noticed that these patches might be getting worse, and I suspect from doing Google searches that it might be velvet. I honestly don't know because his new 5 gallon has a lighted hood, so maybe I'm just now seeing what was already there. That's why I'm asking you guys!
I am attaching pictures. These patches are on both sides of his gills. What do you guys think? And if it is velvet, what do I need to do about it? Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from y'all! Mr. Bubbles thanks you too!
P.S. - These pictures are not of the best quality and I apologize.. hopefully you'll be able to see what I'm talking about!
P.P.S. - His fins are ripped because of the filter. :(
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Stays between 78-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
I alternate between Hikari Betta Bio Gold, Tetra BettaMin, and NutraFin Max.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
3-4 flakes or pellets once a day; fast one day a week.
How often do you perform a water change?
I haven't done one yet; I just got his tank setup two days ago.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
I haven't done one yet, but planning on doing 50% once a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
I added 5mL of API Stress Coat+ and about 1/3 bottle of Tetra SafeStart (the bottle for up to 75 gallons).
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Once, the day after I set it up. These are the test results of my specific kit:
GH: between 0-30
Ph: between 6.5-7.0
...Are these numbers okay?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His fins have ripped a bit due to the filter in his new tank. :(
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't. When I got him from Petco two weeks he had these patches on his gill area. It seems like they might have gotten worse, but I'm not totally sure. He has been lively, hungry and curious ever since I got him. He sometimes frantically swims around the tank and into the edges, though, but ever since I upgraded him from the two gallon to the 5 gallon he seems to be doing that less.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
When I got him at Petco. I thought the patches may just be a part of his natural color.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
I don't know
How old is your fish (approximately)?
If I were to guess, about 6 months to a year, but I have no idea.