I have no reason to believe that this is velvet other than the color. This was the color he was when I got him and has spread a bit to his tail. I have had him for 3 weeks so I just assume it is him coloring out. He has become a **little** more lethargic since I got him, but that is not saying much. He would NOT stop doing the "betta territory dance" all day around his bubble nest. Now he isn't making as many bubble nests and doesn't do the "dance" as much. He's eating fine and acting fine otherwise. Water is at a constant 82-84 and conditioned with Prime and has some aquarium salt.
I know... I'm a wicked paranoid momma
A couple of days ago:
About a week and a half ago:
The day I got him: