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Old 03-02-2013, 10:11 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Velvet disease?

I just noticed my betta fish has golden spots on her gills before this I also noticed the color of her body turned very rusty brown. She is acting normal and eating like a pig (common). She isn't rubbing her body against anything too. Just her skin looks odd. Is this velvet disease and if so what should I do?
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:24 AM   #2 
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Can you post a pic? What's her normal color? Is it possible Shes just changing color?
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:35 AM   #3 
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I believe she was red when I first got her and a few days ago it changed to this color. I thought it was normal until I noticed the golden spots on her gills. Here are the pictures. One side has one golden spot and the other side has two golden spots on her gills and I think I see another spot on her fin too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:56 AM   #4 
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I just bought some aquarium salt, will that help her?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:27 PM   #5 
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I have a fish with this coloring and it's normal. Velvet looks like the body is dusted in gold..

More info would help: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:27 PM   #6 
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From the pics she looks normal, I have a couple with similar coloring & spots next to their gills. If you fill out the form callistra linked we'd have a better idea possibly.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #7 
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What size is your tank? 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 72 F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets and flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? every morning

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once each week
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? water conditioning

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

(I've been testing it at the pet store)
Ammonia: all they said it was at a good number
Nitrite: good
Nitrate:good
pH:good
Hardness: not sure
Alkalinity: not sure

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? From red to rusty golden brown on the body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? She has become aggressive since I got her
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I do not know
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #8 
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This is velvet

http://www.petfish.net/articles/pix/arts3/velvet.jpg

Your female would be breathing heavily, much more lethargic than usual, possibly flashing or scratching and not eating if she had velvet. Looks like natural colouration to me.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #9 
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I don't think it's Velvet but there are some things that need your attention..

Your tank is heated and it's only 72? Why? Bettas are tropical fish and need a constant unchanging temp somewhere between 78-80F. You should also use an in tank thermometer to monitor temp.

Although a 50% weekly change with siphon (siphon is needed to remove debris from the gravel and just scooping water off the top is not enough) is enough, a new tank will require more frequent water changes and closer monitoring.

Cycling takes up to 2 months and during this time you should be testing daily for ammonia and nitrite and doing an extra 50% change any time either show up. In addition to this a regular 50% weekly change with siphon is needed. First you will see ammonia spike, then you will see nitrites. Eventually, even after a week of no water changes ammonia will stay at 0, then finally nitrites. At this point you should be left with only nitrates, which should be kept <20ppm and the lower the betta by the once weekly change with siphon.

So.. if your pet store will test daily like this and give you actual numbers, I guess you can get away with free tests.

I think if you just pick up monitoring and changes and warm her up slowly she will be okay. It sounds like she has just lost color from being cold and stressed.
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