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Old 05-30-2014, 12:10 PM   #1 
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Does velvet stay in tank after beta has been removed?

Hi one of my betas has velvet, i have removed him and he's being treated in the QT but what do I do to the tank he was in? does the velvet stay in the tank, substrate, plants ornaments ect??
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:42 PM   #2 
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Velvet actually does have part of its life cycle in which it is free swimming, so it can live without a host in the tank but really not for very long.

Simply waiting 5 or 6 days with the tank empty of fish and in total darkness (cover it with a blanket or towel if you can) would be long enough for it to have all died. The free-swimming and reproduction stages of the parasite only last 2 days each. It would help to raise the temperature, which will cause the life cycle to go even faster. Once they cannot find a host, the parasites will die.

If you want to manually disinfect it, the parasite that causes velvet is sensitive to salt, so you could use a serious salt solution to soak all the decor in and then rinse it very thoroughly.
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ok cool thanks a lot
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