06-07-2013, 12:11 AM
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Badly Injured Betta
My little female betta got stuck in a decoration in her tank (it's a 2 gallon tank with a tetra 3i filter, marimo ball, heater, and decor that has been her temp home while I get the 25 gal ready). She has a circular injury (including some missing scales) where she was stuck, fear stripes, darkening around her gils (one gil looks red and is possibly damaged), and her tail is almot completely gone save for the root. She is stll able to swim using her side fins (forgot the proper term) and goes up for air on a regular basis, but her breathing is labored and when she hovers, she does so nose down (although this looks more like her having problems trying to swim without a tail than a swimbladder issue).
The only actions I have taken were to fill the water up to the mouth of the filter (so the current would be redused) and letting her soak in a cup of water with a pinch of aquarium salt for 4 minutes (for the wounds).
Any help or advice would be appreciated. I live in a small town and can't afford the gas to drive to the nearest lfs (about 50 miles), so I can't get a hold of any speciality products for this. She's such a sweet little girl. I nicknamed her my little shark because of how she attacks food and she has an amazing an attitude for such a tiny little thing.
Last edited by Bluewind; 06-07-2013 at 12:14 AM..