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Old 11-20-2009, 09:06 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Is my betta going to be ok?!

I had my betta, J.T, with my Dwarf Gourami female in my 10 gallon tank. They did fine for the whole week together, they didnt bother each other at all. J.T never flared at her or anything, and the gourami never bothered J.T. Well this was last week when i didnt go to school and i was able to watch them. Today, when i got back from school i saw J.T hiding behind the filter, i checked him and all his fins were torn!!! I got him in a little floater and i have him floating in the 5 gallon tank i have..hes barely moving and i want to know what i can do for him and if hes going to be ok! :(
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:56 PM   #2 
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I had my betta, J.T, with my Dwarf Gourami female in my 10 gallon tank. They did fine for the whole week together, they didnt bother each other at all. J.T never flared at her or anything, and the gourami never bothered J.T. Well this was last week when i didnt go to school and i was able to watch them. Today, when i got back from school i saw J.T hiding behind the filter, i checked him and all his fins were torn!!! I got him in a little floater and i have him floating in the 5 gallon tank i have..hes barely moving and i want to know what i can do for him and if hes going to be ok! :(

Poor J.T. This is why Betta's CANNOT be with most fish. I am sure he will re grow his fins if you keep the water really clean, add some Aquarium Salt, and change the temp to a higher temp. Use 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt Per gallon.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:21 PM   #3 
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Pretty much what bettaowner said, only I think he meant to say 1 teaspoon per gallon.

Your main concern is preventing infection, which can be done successfully with simple clean, warm water and aquarium salt. No need for any medications.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:57 AM   #4 
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Bettas and gouramis normally aren't compatable because they're from the same family.

I put one tablespoon per 5 gallons.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:17 PM   #5 
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In my opinion, I would only do 5 minute salt dips at that salt concentration in a quarantine tank rather than leaving salt in the tank. This is okay once daily for a few days then take a break. They cannot osmoregulate correctly in salt water leaving them exposed to it for long periods of time can do more harm then good. They essentially cannot regulate their ions and water levels in their body is built to deal with freshwater..
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