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Old 06-08-2010, 02:24 PM   #1 
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Betta Emergency

My good-for-nothing neighbors recently got evicted and left behind a betta fish in a tank, outside, on their lawn. In blazing Texas heat.
My mom threw the water out (not realizing there was a fish), saw the fish just in time, and immediately ran inside and added water again.

The water is cool - not as hot as water standing outside in record heat for a few days.

Fish is lackluster in color and motion.

What should we do? Fish does seem to be breathing (moving gills) and moving - seems responsive.

Do we try and get some mosquito larvae from outside and feed it, or should we not introduce food into his stressed environment?

ANY advice will be welcome - we've never had a betta, but we've also never turned our back on an animal in need. Please respond ASAP.

Thanks everyone, in advance,

Melissa (unexpected betta)
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:28 PM   #2 
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Water from the tap needs to have a conditioner added to it to make it safe for fish, otherwise the chlorine and other chemicals will kill him. If you can get to a pet store and get some, he might be fine given some time to de-stress.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:30 PM   #3 
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what size is the tank? has it got a filter or heater?
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:34 PM   #4 
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Try not to disturb it too much. Let it rest in the dark. Mosquito larva is good (not too much though - 5 to 10 larva). If it eats, it will probably survive. Later you can feed it more.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:41 PM   #5 
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yes what size tank? and buy some stress coat. and feed him the mosquito larvae.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #6 
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Thanks everyone!

Water quality - clean, dechlorinated, purified, not distilled.
Tank size - half-gallon bowl, with some aquarium gravel and glass pebbles. No filter, no heater.

He's actually moving around and looks much more alert now. I think the water change may have shocked the be-jeezus out of him. :)

Will keep him in a darker room (thanks for the tip!)

Not sure about feeding him today...no access to food. :(

I'm also getting a friend who works at an exotic pet store to come by and maybe take him off my hands - I'd much rather he ends up in a home fully equipped to provide him with the best care he deserves.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:45 PM   #7 
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Oh good. :) I hope he pulls through. Why would anyone leave a fish!? Poor thing.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:55 PM   #8 
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i would let him rest in a dim quiet room for a few days

you can feed him mosquito larvae but some don't recommend it (live foods can sometimes carry parasites)

a few people on here make betta food from shrimp garlic and spinnach (if you have those three) its a great healthy meal for them

but if you rather give pellets hikari are great if you cant find those any betta food that doesn't contain ethoxyquin will do its a preservative that weakins the immunity in fish and can possibly make him sick/sicker in his current weaknd state
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