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I am on my fourth day of treating my Betta with malachite green for Velvet. What should I do if after four days it still hasn't gone away. The back of the bottle says treatment should usually last 3 to 4 days and I'm worried if I continue I will overmedicate him. He is still eating lots and has lots of energy but I think I still see the shimmery gold near his face and he's swimming right into his bubbler and just hanging out over it. I attached a photo of him because I'm second guessing my original diagnosis.
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The good news is I don't see any signs of velvet. It is not a very common disease, but many new betta-keepers get confused because of a betta's natural gold iridescence. Velvet looks like dust covering the whole fish rather than a trace only found in a few spots, and the betta will act very itchy.

So you should stop adding the treatment, and do a water change to get rid of the medicine that's already in his water. Activated charcoal will also help clean it out of the water.

If you have only had him a few days, he's probably still settling into his new home which may be why he isn't very active at the moment.

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