Draug, treating velvet is really hard. What I did was put 3 tsps of AQ salt in the tank and do daily water changes, redoing the salt each time. Also, keep the heat up at 86* and keep the tank as dark as possible because velvet photosynthesizes. This is what I was told to do by the author of the sticky. I hope this helps you.
Ah, okay, I can do that, I appreciate you clearing it up for me ^.^ I've got pre-treated water sitting right now, so I'll go ahead and add the extra salt needed and I may as well go ahead and put the remainder of what I need in the tank right now. Is 84 or 85 degrees okay? I had my heater set at 82 at first and it ended up being around 86 (first time usnig the heater, but it's adjustable and shuts off but I'm still watching it like a hawk), so I thought that was too high and lowered it, checked back at the sticky to double/triple/quadriple check and it said 85 xD So I believe it's now at 85 degrees, sometimes when I'm at an angle it looks like 84 or 86 so it gets kind of confusing.. but I'm pretty sure right now it's at 85 since when it was on 85 and 86 exactly, there wasn't anything to question. I had a night light on (I have two in the book shelf) 'cause someone said a bit of light is okay, and my light bulb is incandescent and it didn't have any listings for kelvin on the package.. but I've turned it off for now since I didn't know much about the light to begin with. Also I have another question. I took my marimo ball out a little after the treatment because I was afraid it was going to be harmed by the salt... but I'm worried seeing as how it was with my fish when I caught the velvet. It's sits on my window sill most of the time so it can get sunlight and it's sitting in tap water at the moment until I can figure out what to do.. any ideas on what to do with it?
From what I learned from my dad, and im not sure if this is true at all, AS is good to treat infections and to take away the acidic contents of the tank. I dont think you can overdose with salt haha, he basically shoved 3tbsp at least into my 1 gallon and my fish was really healthy after that.
Also, I used betta revive, and what I did is put it in at one specific time, then the next day i would do a water change around the same time, and after the water change i would put in betta revive. My guy sorta made a game out of it whenever i had to take him out. He would dart around and not let me catch him :).
Sorry if what i said about the AS is wrong, my dad had fish a long time ago, but they werent bettas, and I'm still new to this!
Yeah, you can use too much salt, and prolonged usage of it outside of treatment can do more harm in the long run then help any. It's good to treat for external problems such as fin rot, ich, etc. 1 tsp/gal is the normal, but in extreme cases you can use 2tsp/gal. Just as long as there is 100% daily water changes, and not used for longer then 10-14 days at a time. =)
Mine make it a game at it too.. Xander flairs at me then I chase him around with the cup for a bit until he has to go up for air and I snag him. Spyro tries to hide in his cave, and since I started taking that out first, he just sits there and lets me scoop him.. I think he realizes he has no chance and it's either the cup for the net lol
Draug, you can rinse Katamari well in conditioned water and then QT him for a while. I think if there isn't anything for the velvet protozoa to attach to within a day or so, they die. When you get ready to put him back in the tank with your betta, rinse him really well and give him a good squeeze. He should be fine.
Ah, good, that's a relief ^.^ I think I'll be slightly cautious and leave him in the regular tap water for a day or two more and then switch to conditioned water. My tank should be in soon, so I'll probably keep him in the individual cup with conditioned water for now so I won't have to worry about him getting riddled with parasites while Zabimaru is being treated and I can cycle the new tank. Thanks Sakura, I feel much better now with the situation
Thank you so much! I learned the hard way that Betta Revive certainly did need changes when a Petco employee said not to..she almost died tonight on a overdose of Betta Revive. Guess the idea is to DILUTE the meds with each water change. Tonight, she began swimming up and down and gasping for air. I heated mineral water up to match her heated tank and now she is safely in her little cup while waiting for her tank to sit for a day. She has stopped swimming so radically and no longer gasps. I got her just in time!
The only thing that I put in her new clean tank was tap water with Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner by API. I am going to stop with the revive and see how she does in the next few days in fresh water. I want to give her a rest, she has been so stressed. She is a strong girl and is now calmly swimming in a new unused petco cup with mineral water till I get her in her tank.
Would any of you suggest adding aquarium salt to her new tank tonight and let that get filtered in the 2 gallon tank??
Last edited by wildflowers; 09-06-2011 at 11:10 PM.
Wildflowers, wow, that must have been scary. I'm glad she's doing better. Yeah, never listen to pet store employees. :/ Unless you know they've kept fish and/or bettas, they generally don't know what they're talking about. Keep her in clean water and definitely no more Betta Revive. That's some powerful medication in there, albeit in small quantities. Can you post a pic of her? I'm not 100% sure she has velvet and if she doesn't, she probably doesn't need any kind of treatment except clean water.
And I wouldn't add any kind of bacteria. In my experience, those usually aren't the right kind of bacteria needed to start nitrogen cycles. I think you'll be fine.
Oh, I have a girl very similar to her except mine is a veiltail. I love the crowntail look though. I wish mine was CT. From what I see, she doesn't seem to have velvet. Are her fins really clamped and is she not eating? Is she rubbing on decor or the tank walls like she's trying to get rid of something on herself? If not, I would say she just has some golden iridescence. Many Cambodian bettas do. My blue Cambo has a big gold spot on the top of his head; it looks like he has a blond wig on.
I think she should be just fine in the new tank without AQ salt if you acclimate her and make sure the temp in new tank is close to the temp in her old tank. She'll be a happy girl in her new home.