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  1. #1

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    Hello Everyone,
    This is my first post here and am hoping for some really good advice! I am concerned about my betta, Big Red. I can't take pictures of him because my camera played out, but there is another post on the Betta Forum, page 11 called "Sparkles on Betta"? by username deonild. (Please forgive me for using that picture, but I'm fairly afraid for my fish and feel like time is wasting!) That fish appears to have the same markings (sparkles) in the exact same areas as my fish, Big Red. Big Red's markings are definitely shiny gold and it even looks like the outer bottom rims of his eyes are that golden, sparkly color too. I had noticed the golden areas when I got him but always felt that it was a natural thing, but NOW it appears to be around his eyes too, and I'm concerned he has velvet. His eyes look normal except for the golden color around the bottom rims. I used a flashlight (it was a white light) for a good look at his body and really couldn't detect anything, but used another flashlight that has more of a blue light and perhaps (?) there is a rusty color on his body. (It's really hard to say. He is a deep red color.) Of course, Big Red won't stay still for me to take a real good look. Also, sometimes he acts like he's almost manic in his swimming. He's always been a very active fish though, makes bubble nests all the time, has a great appetite. I've studied and studied on the internet and have read that the medication Coppersafe for velvet is pretty hard on fish and was hoping someone could give me some additional information for a safer medication, provided it does sound like velvet. I've always kept a close eye on him (no pun intended) and just noticed this eye situation today. He is in a 5 gallon tank, water stays a steady 78 degrees, I do water changes regularly, I always make sure he eats all his food so it won't dirty the water and only have java fern in his tank. Obviously, I'm pretty much at a loss. Hopefully, that covers everything and thanks in advance for your help.

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    Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
    Here is a link with a velvet description and a med that is used for it.
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease/velvet.php
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    My camera is broke and so am I ! I really wish I could get a picture though. I appreciate the link you provided, but it suggested the copper and I was hoping there was something less invasive to the fish.

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    I don't like the idea of using either of them but the Acriflavine may be your best bet.Raising the heat and using mild doses of aquarium salt may help.
    Betta fix is another that might help.
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    Welcome, glad to have you aboard. Sorry to hear about your betta. Hope you can get it all figured out and that he recovers. keep us posted.

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