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Old 05-23-2013, 07:56 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Is this velvet?

Hi guys.

I'm thinking that one of my bettas (Winter) may have velvet. :/

I've noticed some copper-ish gold spots on her head. I don't need a flashlight to see it, as here head is light in color. Her behavior/appetite is normal, I've not noticed any lethargy or clamped fins, or loss of appetite. Could it still be velvet?

Winter lives in a divided tank with another betta. (Peach.) I haven't noticed any of the golden/copper stuff on him, and his behavior is also normal. I know velvet is contagious, so if Winter does have it, I should treat the whole tank. Correct? Also, is there an alternative medication to Potassium Permanganate that I can find at the pet store? (Did I spell that correctly?)


Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallons.
What temperature is your tank? 80-82F
Does your tank have a filter?No.
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? A male veiltail betta named Peach, but the tank is divided.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x a day at 3 pellets per feeding.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? One weekly.
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?SeaChem Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No, but I can if necessary.

Symptoms and Treatment

How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She has coppery gold spots on the top of her head, I don't need a flashlight to see them.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Sorry, I don't know. I have had her for about a year, and she was adult when I got her.


Please help. Here are photos. I hope you can see the gold stuff OK, it kooks kind of pinkish in the photo.

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #2 
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I'm pretty sure this is not velvet, which is more like little gold specks all over the body. This looks like regular coloration to me.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #3 
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I agree - it seems more like coloring than velvet, which is pretty shiny and speckled. I'm treating velvet right now and it doesn't appear to be the case for Winter. (:
Good luck with your babies!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:21 PM   #4 
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Phew!

Thanks guys -- I was really scared there for a minute. :)
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #5 
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you will need to turn off the lights and shine a flashlight sideways towards the betta. Look for specks (white or copper, or gold) sticking out on the skin. Do not shine directly on the betta as you will mistaken irisdescent color as velvet, learned it at a local betta show.
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