Knowing when your betta fish are sick can be somewhat challenging since they can’t really communicate with you any symptoms that they might be experiencing. As fish owners we have the responsibility of caring for our bettas and a large part of this is being aware of any changes that occur in their physique and behavior that may be an indication of disease. One disease that is very common is Betta Fish Velvet. Here we will have a look at the signs, symptoms and treatments for Velvet in betta fish.
What is Betta Fish Velvet?
Velvet, commonly referred to as Gold Dust or Rust, is on the list of common betta fish diseases. It is caused by a parasite called Piscinoodinium. Velvet is very contagious and can be spread to fish in other tanks that share the use of the same aquarium net. This disease is also totally treatable and with the right medications it can be completely eliminated.
Betta Fish Velvet Symptoms
Velvet can be difficult to see in your betta fish. It manifests as a thin veil of mist over the body of bettas and it typically has a rusty or golden color. To check if your bettas have Velvet you have to look closely at each fish. To help you see better you can shine a bright light on your bettas to see if a rusty or golden mist is present. Bettas who have Velvet also tend to clinch their fins close to their body and they normally lose color as well. Scratching against the gravel in the tank and a loss of appetite are other symptoms of Velvet in bettas. Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with an image of what Velvet looks like because it is extremely hard to capture using a camera.
How To Treat Betta Fish Velvet
Bettas are prone to Velvet so you should always keep an eye out for signs of it. Early detection and treatment is important since if it is diagnosed too late you may not be able to save your bettas. BettaZing and CopperSafe are medications that are very effective at curing Velvet in betta fish. Velvet is very contagious so you should administer treatment to all your bettas to ensure complete elimination.
You should consider treating your bettas in a ‘hospital’ tank as some of the medications used to treat Velvet can be harmful to other plants and invertebrates that you may also have in your tank. As usual, it is strongly advised that you clean your fish tanks regularly and change the water about once every 3 days to prevent the occurrence of Velvet and other diseases.
Have any of your bettas had Betta Fish Velvet before? Do you have any advice that you would like to share? Please post your experiences and comments below!