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post #1 of 3 Old 09-10-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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fin rot? fungus? (pics) please help, he might not last long!

hi everyone, a week ago i went to walmart to see if they still had bettas. and boy, im sure you all know how terrible they were kept. i had to gently shake the containers to even see if there was a fish in there! so i decided to take one in, i picked the most liviliest one and i got a tank that said it was for betta fish. it was under a gallon. i also got Start Right complete water conditioner, and Wardley's Betta Food Pellets 40% protein. i set up the little tank and made sure it was room temp. but letting him in.

i went home and researched everything and realized i needed a bigger tank. so i got a large critter tote, hydor mini for the winter, thermometer, and an ammonia indicator. im worried that he is seeing his relfection in this tank. but i know some of you guys have your betta in this tote so im assuming he is okay.

he is sort of lethargic for the exception of when he totally freaks out whenever i go near the tank. (hes gotten better about that now). he isnt seeming to be eating. and his stomach looks swollen, so i fed him bits of a mushed up pea and i saw him poop. i didnt feed him for the rest of the day or the next. now im giving pellets again and i dont think hes eating it. his stomach still looks swollen and his back viewed from above has a slight S shape to it.

his fins also look terrible. not beautiful like the pictures of your betta fishes. they almost look like they were broken off at the tips and some of the tips of his spikes (i guess hes a crown tail?) look like they have a whitish tip to them.

is he sick? will his fins grow back? is there anything i need to be doing? his water is okay and is between 75 and 80 degrees.

also, whenever i do a tank change i always get little bubbles on the inside of the tank and on the ornament. is this okay?

he looks skinny and his fins look so bad!:

are those patches normal?:

the S shape

this is waht i have him in, is there anything else i need? i have a heater, but it is still warm in the house:
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-11-2010, 05:54 AM
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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

I'd put your heater in now. Bettas like their water nice and warm. Where do you live? Even if you live in the tropics and the tank water is warm enough, the thermostat won't turn the heater on. Otherwise, it will heat the water to a nice even temperature for your fish. If he's cold, he will seem lethargic. What temperature is your water at the moment?

I'd also fill the tank up. Leave a bit of a gap at the top, but not such a big gap as you have now. It'll give him more room to swim around in.

He might like some more "vegetation" to hide in. You need to get really soft (maybe silk) artificial plants so he doesn't cut his fins on them.

As for his looks, it's hard to tell from pictures, but he looks ok to me. The white on his fins doesn't look like infection to me, it just looks like he's a red and white fish. Ditto with the white on his face. Does it look inflamed at all, or have any red tinges that look infected?

I'm not sure if the broken rays can heal. I've been told conflicting things about that. If he does have any fin rot, the fins can grow back. Keep his water clean by changing his water frequently.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will contribute.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-11-2010, 06:17 AM
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First of all, congrats. on your new friend. He doesn't look all that bad to me.

The best thing you can do for him is keep the water pristine.

If you're going to keep him in this kritter keeper with no filter, I'd invest in a bottle of Prime water conditioner to use when you change the water. It's the only one I know of that will render the ammonia harmless to your fish (for short periods of time).

As for the fins, dissolve some Aquarium salt (1/2 tsp. per gallon) into the new water before putting it in the tank. This helps boost your fish's electrolytes. Some people use it with each water change but I only use it if I see any fin damage (I have one occasional biter).

Good luck with your new buddy and keep us posted on his progress. He's very cute :)

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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