Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Either Philadelphia or Pittsburg pa
Tail biting and fin rot conquered, stress was just too much
Ok so dippy (the tail biter who I finally got to stop tail biting after 4 months of serious stress, got fin rot because of it but managed to cure that too) well he was fine for another month until he had to take a 5 hour car ride home with me. He didn't like that. So we arrive to my parents house and I put him in a nearly identical tank, and he eats and swims so I'm happy. The next day he only eats one pellet and one blood worm. The next day he doesn't eat. Next day I notice his water smells weird, I do a 50% water change and change his plant and he eats one bloodworm. Next day his water SMELLS and he has a slight fin rot so I go out and buy new water conditioner (was using a different kind than usual cuz I was just using my moms) get a big 2 gal fishbowl put in fresh clean 78degree water with new conditioner and AQsalt and a little tetrafin, move him into that. He stops breathing. He resumes breathing. He swims around. He refuses to eat the bloodworm but keeps swimming and even blows a bubble. By this point (3-4 hours after going into the bowl) my nerves are through the roof. He is swimming but not eating. I go to bed. This morning I woke up and went downstairs to no fish. Mom didn't want me to see the dead body. Ryuuji's fins were almost perfect again, the new fins had a blue teal color. As much of a HUGE PAIN IN THE BUTT as he was, I kinda miss him. Yeah I could have not taken him on the car ride, but then he would have been left alone in my dorm for 8 days, and I would have had to take him on the ride eventually because in another 2 weeks I have a month long Xmas break. The only thing I could possibly have done is taken down my water conditioner instead of using my moms, but I didn't think that would really be a big deal. I guess I'm a bad fish mommy. In one year one passed of sbd and one passed of stress. Hell it wasn't even a year it was 9 months. Anyways I'm taking a break from betta for a while, and next time I do get one it won't be because I want one or because I think I'm ready, it will be because I've been ready for a while and accidentally fall head over heels in love. Bye bye for now peoples. Thanks for all the advice and for letting me vent.