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How many gallons is your tank? 2
Does it have a filter? No
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? no

What food brand do you use? New Life
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
Freeze-dried? frozen brine shrimp for treats
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? 2 pellets twice day

Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Every day
What percentage of water did you change? 25%
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vac once a month
What additives do you use? water conditioner

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.

Ammonia: 0 - .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.4
Hardness (GH): Spring water (soft water)
Alkalinity (KH): ?

Symptoms and Treatment: Gold metallic looking spots/ patches
When did you first notice the symptoms? 1 week ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? slow swimming/ lethargic
Is your Betta still /eating? Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Quick Cure
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? Fin melt in the past 2 months, before that he was healthy.
How long have you owned your Betta? Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased 2 years , no damage

Hi everybody! :) I have a Betta named Finley that i have had for 2 years. He is in a 2 gal tank and i will be upgrading him to a 3 gal soon. I live in apt so this is all i am able to have due to limited space. I went on 2 week vacation 2 months ago and had a friend feed and do partial water changes 3 times a week, but i dont think she did them correctly because for the past couple months Finley has had fin problems. I also noticed yellow or gold coloring on his head, fins and some spots on body about a week ago. I think he got fin melt because his fins started getting pointy and the top one looks like a dread lock now. I treated him for fin melt with "Life Support" but there is permanent damage. :-( I am treating him for Velvet now with Quick Cure but dont want to medicate him if it isn't Velvet. He has been lethargic and swims around slow and after 4 days of Quick Cure he seems to have a little more energy and life to him. but he looks terrible compared to what he used to look like. He even has a red stripe across his gills. Can someone tell me if it looks like Velvet disease? I dont see tiny gold specks or dust , I just see gold metallic color here and there. I appreciate ANY advice on if it is Velvet and also was wondering how long it takes to start seeing the gold color go away?? After 4 days of being medicated i really dont see it going away. :-( I have included 2 pictures.

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Thank you for your reply! :) I have been told and also read by many sources that spring water is safe, I have had him in it for 2 years and hes been ok. I buy the spring water in the gallon jugs in the store because my tap water is well water that i dont trust. I dont drink it due to too much sulfer and too much sodium, our dog and cat wont even drink it. I have read that spring water is "soft water not hard water which is what Bettas prefer. I dont have access to regular tap/ city water unfortunately. I use Tetra Betta Safe water conditioner and API stress coat during water changes.

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I use Tetra Betta Safe water conditioner
Keep using this.

API stress coat
I do not use or recommend any product with Aloe Vera in it.

I dont drink it due to too much sulfer and too much sodium, our dog and cat wont even drink it.

I have read that spring water is "soft water not hard water
Not always the case, Sometimes " Spring water" is no more than slightly filtered tap water, A number of companies have been caught doing that.

I hear great things about Poland spring water.
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