My Betta has a rust colour on gill covers!
Hi everyone, I hope your fish are all happy and healthy :-)
My Betta, Rocky was itching himself by rubbing on everything in his aquarium a few weeks ago so I thought it might have been Velvet and medicated him accordingly.
He also had tail rot but that seems to have slowed down completely now that he isn't itchy. Anyway, I'm here because he now has some sort of rust colour on his gill covers which isn't spreading but still worries me some. He isn't depressed and he's an extremely happy, vibrant fishie, though he does sleep a lot at the moment but I'm assuming it's because he's recovering?
I've attached some pictures of him, it's hard to see the rust colour because he is dark, he has also turned a really light blue under his mouth/chin area :-?
Merry Christmas everyone! :wave:
Most likely ick, not velvet.
Velvet is a somewhat rare.
It's absolutely NOTHING to worry about.
But the finrot is caused by being subjected to dirty water, so change it more often, keep your betta in 78+ water & your bettas fins should heal on it's own.
My bettas tank
The tank he is in is actually the med tank, I don't know gallons but I know it's 8 litres.
His actual tank is 35 litres so it's a decent size, it has a base filter and a slow smooth water flow and is also heated.
here is a pick of both tanks. (His actual tank is green because of the medication in the water)
I do a 50% change once a week and use aq salt and water conditioner and check his ph as well.
I do a full change once a month and he is kept in his ideal temp of 26-27c (78-80f)
I forgot to mention earlier, he got the rust colour around the time he was itchy and every now and then he appears to gasp after waking.
8L = 2 gallons
35L = 9 gallons
Try to get a timer so the tank's lights turns on at a specific time. Your betta is probably sleeping when you switch on the light, so of course it's going to act weird for for a few minutes till it wakes up.
This is what my 10G looks like....
**Notice the wine glass with the dark blue betta in there? That's my hospital tank.
See if you can find some dried oak or Indian Almond Leaves. I'm not sure what kind of hardwood trees are in your country.
Your water change schedule sound about right, but stop adding salt to your NEW tank water. Conditioner & matching the temperature is all you need. Salt is NOT necessary unless your fish is truly sick.
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