I only have two betta so far, but I'd like to keep a journal both because I'm a new betta owner and because my newest addition, Nova, seems to have a severe case of velvet and I figured keeping track of it would be a good idea in case anyone has suggestions/tips to share.
SO. I got my old three gallon eclipse back from my sister a couple months ago, got it all set up and a couple weeks later bought Zeta, my red and blue VT boy:
Other than two small tears in his fins (thinking from too much flaring), he's doing great. I was so happy with him I wanted another and ended up ordering a 3 gallon Tetra Cube. Great little tank, I love it!
I still needed a heater for it, but I went to Petco anyway just to have a look and saw a gorgeous blue-eyed, red and white elephant ear, and when I went back a week or so later on Halloween after my heater arrived, and the poor guy was still there! So of course I brought him home and got Nova all set up in his new tank:
The first day I noticed some odd behavior..he would zoom across the back and left sides of tank. Back and forth almost constantly. It was very difficult to get his attention for feeding, and most of the time he spit his food out. I figured he was just getting used to his new home until Sunday evening I saw him trying to scratch the side of his face against one of the silk plants. So I grabbed the flashlight and sure enough, he had dusty golden specks all over his body
A photo with my camera flash:
I began treatment yesterday. I pulled everything from the tank except the sand, to clean and dry out. Turned the filter off and covered the tank with a towel. Tomorrow I'll drain the water and clean the rest of the tank, and probably let it dry for a few days.
I moved Nova into a 2gal critter keeper with nothing but a heater:
I have it set up on my bathroom counter for easy water changes and because I can keep the room dark and the cats away. I'm doing 100% daily water changes and treating him with Cupramine, 1 drop per gallon so far. I'll up it to two drops in a day or so. His water is staying steady at 82 degrees..I tried to get it a bit higher, even turned my heater temp up to 87, but it pretty much stays at 82.
I plan to continue this treatment for 10 days and if I don't see an improvement I'll see about trying AQ salt or some other treatment. Here's hoping he gets better!