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post #1 of 8 Old 12-12-2007, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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surprise gone wrong

my husband decided on a whim today to buy a new, larger aquarium for my betta today. he set it up correctly, but then he just dumped the fish in-he did not let him adjust to the temp, or anything. fortunately, he used mostly the water from his old tank, and most of the gravel from the old tank as well and he said he conditioned the new water. the fish looks stressed; he is not as active, hiding a little bit. he was gasping and laying down ealier- but now he seems much better. he is swimming around more and he seems more responsive. what are my chances of survival?? it is a nice new tank, much roomier than his 1 gallon- so i am glad he bought it for me, i just don't want to loose the little guy! anything i can do to help him acclimate or to ease any temp shock??

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-13-2007, 12:25 AM
Did you thank your hubby before or after you slapped the crap out of him? lol

Your betta should be ok. They are a relatively hardy species. Get him some elodea to swim around. He'll love you forever.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-13-2007, 09:30 AM
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Get him some elodea to swim around. He'll love you forever.
What is elodea?
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-13-2007, 09:41 AM
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-13-2007, 03:04 PM
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The other thing you can do to help your fish is to lower the water level for a few days until he has a chance to recoup. The less distance he is from the surface will make sure he is able and strong enough to get to the top to breathe, even if he's not feeling 100% yet. Keep him warm, clean, and well fed, leave his light off for a few days, and he should be back to normal quickly. As was said, they are pretty resillient fish...
BTW, tell hubby that next time give you the tank and supplies as a gift and let you have the fun of setting it all up. If he thinks it would be 2 gifts in one that way, he's more likely to comply. My ex used to do the same things to me quite often, killed a number of my prized fish. If it worked on him it should work with most!

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-20-2007, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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well i tried everything suggested and we ended up having to euthanize poor yoshi the betta. he stopped moving around, stopped eating, and then began to look like his gills were swollen (couldn't tell if they were red, cause he is a red fish)- his midsection also looked swollen. i added salt, checked the ammonia (it was present since the tank was new, but not extremely high). he has looked incredibly miserable and it seemed he was suffering- so we put him out of his misery.

thanks for all your help.

now i have an empty tank- half cycled. I intend to get another betta eventually- but when should i do so? will the tank continue to cycle without a fish in it?

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-21-2007, 12:25 AM
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Sorry to hear about your betta.
Get some live plants and maybe a mystery snail for the tank. This will help it to finish cycling, stay cycled, and great habitat for another betta!

I wouldn't suggest another betta until it's cycled completely. Please remember that any ammonia is toxic and can cause problems. If a fish is already sick, any ammonia at all can be lethal. The biggest problem in aquarium keeping is water quality and most people's lack of understanding of what happens when you put a living animal into a box of water. Learn all you can about the nitrogen cycle, feel free to ask any questions you want to here. Then learn all you can about the specific type of fish you wish to keep. These two things will help to ensure you don't have this same kind of experience again.
Best of Luck to you...

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-21-2007, 08:29 AM
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Snails are pretty sensitive to parameters as far as I know. You can keep the cycle going by adding small amounts of food each day if you preferred.
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