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Old 09-01-2011, 10:36 AM   #1 
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Is this velvet?

You may be asking yourself if you follow my postings at all really Creat another one??? Yes another one he was on sale because he was sick and I couldnt say no even with my own fish slowly biting the dust... My question is is this fin rot and if so how do I treat it.. He is quarantined and has a little aq salt... sorry he moves around a lot but it looks like a dusting on his head although its hard to tell I got him looking like light brown everywhere he colored up a little over night
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:42 PM   #2 
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did you find out if this fish is velvet yet?
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:13 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure still he darkened up but he still has those light dusting color on him
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:46 PM   #4 
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Is he rubbing on things or clamping his fins at all? I've heard one way to tell if it's velvet is to take a flash picture in a dark room. Supposedly the flash lights it up perfectly. It's hard to tell but offhand, he doesn't look like he has velvet. If you want to be on the safe side, put him in 3 tsps of AQ salt per gallon and get the heat up to about 86 degrees (slowly so as not to shock him).

With velvet, even if you can't necessarily see the gold coloring, you can usually see an uneven texture on the scales because of the protozoa.

If you're pretty sure based on what I've said that he doesn't have velvet, then still keep him in 1 tsp of AQ salt per gallon for a week. I can't tell for sure if that's fin rot but even if it isn't, the AQ salt will help prevent any fin tears from becoming infected.

Hope this helps. Good luck, Creat. It was good of you to rescue him.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:05 AM   #5 
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My question is is this fin rot and if so how do I treat it..
did you mean fin rot or velvet??
Either way, AQ salt will help with both, i do believe. stress coat will help then grow back.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:59 AM   #6 
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Actually, I believe the light patch on the head is also a common sign for the beginning stages of columnaris. There is a columnaris guide by metalbetta: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=78573

Although I'm definitely not sure. I have only had one case of columnaris (and hopefully the last) and it was fairly atypical
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Oh wow thank you for looking hopefully it doesnt develop further into it. I upped his aq salt content as well.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:58 PM   #8 
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turn out all the lights in the room he's in, and shine a flashlight on him. then you can usually see the gold dusting that is telltale of velvet.

I hate velvet with a passion. It's taken away 5 boys from me in the past. If it is velvet, treat with salt, up the temp and black out the tank. I think I used copper safe as well, and that got rid of it. also bleach and sterilize everything in the tank if it is, b/c it can reoccur, it's how I lost so many
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Thats what I did when I got him and he looked like he had it on him I treated with aq salt and just 100% daily water changes now it looks like there might be a little left on his head he also had ich spots DX but he has 2 left now. What worries me is if he has Columnaris as well...
and gah thats not good its okay I lost all but two of my boys (one is still sick) from parasites and now I treat all incoming fish for them :/
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:25 PM   #10 
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After following your guys's advice here he is now I dont see any remnants of what might have been velvet hopefully he never had it I dont think I ever want to deal with velvet ever
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