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Old 06-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #1 
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Just rescued a Betta

Just a quick question, I just rescued a Betta from someone in my hall (The conversation started with "Is is morally okay to flush a live fish down the toilet?" and went downhill from there), and I was wondering what I should do to make him as happy and healthy as possible for the time being, because I can't make it to the petstore for a little while.

I cleaned his dirty and small tank today, and he seems to like it a lot more, but I'm nervous about doing anything more with him because I don't know what he's been through or what he's used to.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:15 PM   #2 
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Is he sick or just abandoned?

i would give him something to hide in/ under to make him less stressed
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:33 PM   #3 
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As soon as you can, get him a bigger tank and a heater. Bettas are tropical and need temps between 76-82 (this is highly debatable, most say warmer, on this site, buy my female freaks if her water is warmer than 76 and my male likes his water at about 80). Make sure you have a good quality Betta pellet food and a good quality water dechlorinater or water conditioner.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:00 AM   #4 
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Yes to all of what sainthogan said.

Also, do you see any visible damage to the fish? If he was kept in small rarely cleaned tank, chances are good he has fin rot and possible ammonia burns.
Are you able to post a pic, so we can help identify any issues?

2 more things Id add to the shopping list, Aquarium salt and Epsom salt. The Epsom salt should be pure, no additives.
I get mine from the local pharmacy.

Good on you for saving the fish, and best of luck to you and your new buddy!
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:56 AM   #5 
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Here he is, before cleaning and after:

I don't know what too look for in regards to fish stress, but he seems to be doing a lot more swimming and looking at things than he was before.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:27 AM   #6 
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Eventually you will want silk or live plants.
I'm assuming that plant is plastic plant he has which can be bad for fish with long flowing fins such as bettas (torn fins leads to infections). I wouldn't get rid of it right away though because it would probably stress him out too much if he felt like he had no shelter.

Did you clean/rinse the gravel? (I don't know how well (if they did) the previous owners cared for him or his tank).

Also add a thermometer that sticks to the inside of the tank, to the list.

And if you have a very clean plastic cup (don't use soap/detergent), you could lay it on its side with some gravel in it to weigh it down so he has a makeshift cave/shelter.
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