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Old 07-14-2010, 04:27 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Poor little VT from Petsmart :(

So last time I went to Petsmart, I got Murdoc and Stu. I saw this guy but he looked as if he were about to die and I didn't want to stress him out any more than he already was. So, I told myself next time I went to Petsmart and he was there, I would get him.

And here he is.
One inch, his body is... so maybe in total an inch and a half including his fins, looking like he's starting to pinecone... it's a little blurry, but his scales aren't sticking to his body like a normal betta's does. I hope he makes it. Sorry for the white stuff on the glass. Scratches/tape goo left over. There's no use is taking more than one pic of him, because he just stays there, sitting. His gill (under his head) is deformed, he might have a growing tumor on his lip (little white bump.)

I hope he makes it....



Edit- by the way, I used flash, so his color is more of a grey-ish blue, more grey than anything.

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Old 07-14-2010, 04:50 PM   #2 
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Sorry, had to add since it wouldn't let me edit anymore.

He's swimming around a teeny bit, tried to catch a pellet I had in there for him (but couldn't), his eyes are too small for his head (when he looks around, there's space in his eye sockets) and the sides of him are pineconing a bit too. I put a bit of salt in there for him, but didn't stir it because it would have stressed him out. I'm letting it dissolve.

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Old 07-14-2010, 04:52 PM   #3 
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Poor baby... :(
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:00 PM   #4 
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If he looks like he's pineconing it might be best to go ahead and put him out of his misery. Poor guy, who knows how long he's been suffering. :(
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:02 PM   #5 
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Oh, gosh... I don't know if I could do that. How do you euthanize a betta?
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #6 
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Oh noz :( Try PMing Oldfishlady, she may know what to do. She's good in these emergencies.
Hope he gets better!
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:05 PM   #7 
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Awww, it's so hard to see all those bettas in the stores just wasting away. I did the EXACT same thing with a female betta I saw at the petstore once. She was really cute and sad looking the first week I saw her. I told myself if she was still there the next week, I should get her cuz no one would, and so I did... But she was ill too, and lethargic. She never ate for a week when I had her and she barely moved. I tried salt, but I think the salt ultimately stressed her out, and she passed away over night...
It's the hardest thing, seeing those fish at the store, because it's our natural tendency to try to play hero and save them all. But ill breeding and poor conditions often makes it difficult to save them... I hope this little guy makes it! He's so cute! Tiny eyes XD
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http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/t...nize-fish-698/

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Oh, gosh... I don't know if I could do that. How do you euthanize a betta?
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:14 PM   #9 
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Thank you.
I don't know if I can do this. He's blowing bubbles already, and I made a mistake, he's just painfully bony, his spine is sticking out, making the scales along his spine LOOKING LIKE they're sticking out too. He's hopeful. I think he wants to live. It's really just the scales on the top of his spine behind his dorsal fin that are raising, a few before it too. He's gained some color as well.

Gah, I don't know what to do.
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If he seems to be improving then give him a chance. He could turn it around.
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