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post #1 of 2 Old 01-10-2008, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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new betta: new disease?

I rescued a betta from petco (they're EVIL!!! out of the 20 bettas that i saw, half of them were dying :( ) this betta was bout 1, 2, 3 months old, and so I rescued him. but when I came home... I saw a pale horizontal line across his eyes (not body). He became lethargic and started to "hypervenilate". Obviously, not a good sign. is there anything that I can do for him? help!! I had him for less than 4 hours and he is dying. he is in a 2.5 g tank, and yeah... mayb I moved him in his place too fast b4 he came settle down and de-stress. is this the problem? he was like this b4 I even put him in though. tear!!! I wanna save/ keep him! I think its ammonia poisoning or stress... WAY stressed out.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-10-2008, 09:49 AM
The probable cause of his symptoms is stress. It may be best to darken his tank and cover it. This will allow him to adjust to his new accomodations without any commotion to disturb him. Remove the cover, leaving the light off for a day or two before turning on any lighting. Take added care when approaching he tank. No sudden or quick moves. This should help him acclimate without causing added stress.

Adding a something like StressCoat will also help. Fish, when stressed, tend to lose their slime coat. This can cause added stress and provide an oppertunity for infection. I hope this helps.

If he is suffering from an injury or disease, try using PimaFix to treat any infections. MelaFix can be used simultaneously to promote healing. Both products are natural herbal remedies and have found a permanent place in my fish care cabinet. Keep us tuned in as to your progress.
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