|Symptoms : Your
betta will appear to have a gold/brownish colored dust all over their
body and fins (use flashlight). They may also show distress like
bouncing off of plants, aquarium glass etc. Shortness of breath and
clamped fins are also indicators.
|Info : This disease
is very contagious and highly fatal. It is very common cause of fry
loss. The gills are the first thing effected.
Coppersafe*, Maracide, Aquari-Sol
or Acraflavin**. Follow the directions
on the packages, raising the temperature to 80°F-85°F if at all
possible. If you cannot raise the temperature due to the betta being in
a small bowl, do a full water change and then treat. Move to a warm area
of the house if possible.
|Prevention : You can
prevent velvet by adding Aquarium Salt and Aquari-Sol
to your tanks
every water change.
|*Copper can eventually lead to poisoning.
Water should be gradually changed after they have been cured.
**Acraflavin can possibly sterilize fish.