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Old 04-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Does my Betta have Velvet?

I looked at the list of symptoms here and on other website, but I'm still not sure. Unfortunately I can't get a good picture of him because I only have a camera on my phone, and he is darting around. But I got Link a few days ago, and his fins are a light blue which fades to a goldish-green body (he is my avatar picture, if you can see him). He acted totally normal the first three days, ate fine, swam around and all that, but today something is different. I noticed a patch of shiny gold on either side of his head, and he is darting back and forth CONSTANTLY. He ate this morning (two small pellets), but tonight he completely ignored the food and continued darting (it looks almost like pacing). Is he sick?

Housing
What size is your tank? Ten gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? YES
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? NONE

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? I just got him (four days ago) and doing a fish-in cycle, did my first 50% water change today
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I did 50% today
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: .25 ppm (BEFORE water change)
Nitrite: .0
Nitrate: .0
pH: 7.0
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes, the gold patches
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Darting around constantly
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I don't know, I just got him. I'm guessing young?
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:42 PM   #2 
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Did you just put him in the 10gal tank? He might not be used to such a big tank. Also, if he has gold coloring previously, could his coloring finally be coming out from good conditions?

All I can say is I was exactly like you, I thought my fish had all kinds of diseases, half the time, it was me freaking out. But try to get a photo if you can and I'm sure people here will try to help you as much as possible. :)
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:52 PM   #3 
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Yea he went into his tank on Saturday, so four days ago today. And I was thinking it could be his true coloring, it just freaks me out that he is changing! But if it's a good thing, great. I will keep attempting to get a picture of him, although I don't think that's too likely! It's good to know someone else is as paranoid as I am. Thank you! :)
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:03 PM   #4 
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I was ridiculously paranoid, and the first weekend I left him by himself I came back and part of his tail was gone. He's a tail biter. Give him a bit, and get lots of stuff to amuse him in the tank. :) he'll get used to the space eventually, or you'll find out he's one of thse guys who doesn't like big spaces!
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:15 PM   #5 
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Ok, I'm probably going to get some more plants for him tomorrow, so he feels more secure. :) I don't know if I'll be able to leave him without having a heart attack!
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #6 
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Guys i am really paranoid one lol I would think watch him first don't put plants in his tank.

Don’t buy plants yet .And if you ever buy plant you will need to quarantine it first because plant can carry disease. I can give you instructions on that.

I really recommending to keep eye on betta because i don't like the fact that he is darting and stopped eating, and has those gold patches (especially if it new). Sometimes betta is darting due to the water chemistry, not acclimating betta properly..but you put him in the tank on saturday and it happened a few days later . I think there is something wrong and you might be right.
This is symptoms for velvet:
Velvet is hard to spot, but can be best spotted with a flashlight. Shine the light on the betta’s body: if it looks like it is covered with a fine gold or rust mist, then it has velvet. A betta with velvet will act sick, so look for clamped fins, scratching against rocks/gravel/tank, loss of appetite, loss of color etc...
Let us know how is he . Is he still acting the same ...I know instruction how to treat it with Aquarium salt you can buy in any pet store about $4. You can also treat with medications. But salt is better choice.

So sorry :(
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:57 AM   #7 
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I didn't say live plants. o.o I meant just saying cover to make him feel more secure for now. She said he had some gold coloring when she bought him. And she's only had him a few days. Proper conditions can make his color more prominent, esp if Link already has some gold coloring. He could just be exploring his new tank as well.

And anyway, I'm waiting for a picture to confirm. it doesnt help to freak out when nothing could be the problem. But if you want: Shine a flashlight on Link, and if it looks like hes covered in a fine gold or rust colored dust then it's velvet. But if you want to start treatment then do 1tsp/gal of aquarium salt 3 times, 12 hours apart & 100% wc a day. Do not continue salt treatments for more than 14days.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:04 AM   #8 
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Of course need more updates make sure before start to treat...

Also for the treatment if any needed water temperature need to be raised to 85* if you can. It important to help speed up the process :)

I hope he is fine and no treatment needed :)
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #9 
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+1 on the temp. I forgot to say that. Thanks for catching it!
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:53 AM   #10 
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:)

I remembered when i started with betta. I saw betta with velvet. And back then i did't know anything about bettas or disease... I looked at the betta that my mother had and he was kind of cover with something like reminded to me thin layer of the sand.. I google it and understood what it is. That was my first experience seeing velvet. I didn't know anything about aq salt or forum at that time and i treated him with medications...

So we all learn somehow…
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