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Old 02-16-2013, 10:54 PM   #1 
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Exclamation What should I do if I get this guy??

Hey guys, went to petco today and fell in love with another Betta. One problem: He's bitten off his caudal fin. I think fin rot is setting in, but I'm not sure. Can you verify this for me? He also has some trouble swimming. Other than these things, he looks healthy. I had enough self-restraint to hold off until I know how to help him. Here are the pics:

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I fully intend to buy him, I don't think I'll be able to sleep until I do. If he does have fin rot, is it too far along to simply use stress coat? For his hospital tank setup, I'll include a Betta hammock for easy resting, a heater (of course), and maybe a low-ish water level? Is there anything else I should know, or am I good?

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:17 PM   #2 
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I think his fin edges are naturally black, but I see a little bit where there's a tiny bit of decay.

Mostly he just looks really pale. There's probably a lot of ammonia in his water.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:38 PM   #3 
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What do you suggest I do? Just plain old stress-coat?
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:48 PM   #4 
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I suggest if you get him, to treat him with clean, warm, water. It is hard to tell in the pictures, but it looks to be his natural color, but he would have much brighter colors in the right conditions. :)
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #5 
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Do you guys suggest I lower the water level in his hospital tank? (when I get him?)
It may make it easier for him to get up for air.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #6 
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a few weeks ago I bought a VT with half an anal fin. Stress coat is doing the trick, lots of new growth already. Post pix again when he gets more color!
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #7 
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I just bought one the same color and looks like this but the fins are not bad. I thought it's color was wrong but I found a betta online a called a dragon scale that looks like this. If you go I just bought a sick pale betta I have a link to one. My fish developed swim bladder disease but like you I suspected he was sick and wanted to rescue him. I'm not doing good job of helping him but I suspect he'd be dead already had I left him at the store in the nasty polluted cup he was in.
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Also, do you suggest drip acclimation, or just regular acclimation?


Thanks! ~Saphira
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:57 PM   #9 
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I can't wait to buy him!

Gotta set up a hospital tank.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #10 
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I'd use prime in his new water as a conditioner and do the hour long + tablespoon acclimation method.

You don't have to lower the water level unless he is having problems swimming.

Clean warm water, and maybe some stress coat and/or vitachem should be good.
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