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Old 04-13-2010, 10:39 PM   #41 
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to be honest. I'm surprised, Alana.

I had the exact same injury occur with one of my first and favorite bettas... "Flo" was her name, and she was the most gorgeous of deep dark blues. I was housing her for my sister in law.

Sadly, she was injured the same way, and died after 3 days of nursing her back to health. Mostly, because I didn't lower her water level low enough.

I think your betta will do fine. Keep that water level still shallow to not tire Venus out. Maybe 2 inches tops right now.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:29 AM   #42 
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Glad to hear ur fishy is getting betta:) make sure to keep some good anti-bacterial meds for the area he got scratched, u dont want it to get infected.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:39 PM   #43 
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Beware of Flower Pots!!!!

What happened to Venus also just happened to my betta, Baby Blue. We were lucky: although her scales were scrapped off in the same place as Venus, BB was able to swim and eat, and two weeks after the injury she is almost all healed.

BB had some advantages that Venus didn't. She's in a 5.5 gallon heated and filtered tank with at least a 10% water change each week (and quality monitored by testing). She's a healthy, growing young fish with a low stress level.

I didn't salt the water or add any treatments (other than a betta water condition, which I always add with every water change).

I was very careful selecting what I put into the tank with BB: silk plants, smooth small stones, and what I thought were smooth and safe small terracotta flower pots for hiding in.

I've taken the pots out and won't put them back in until the drainage holes are pluged with aquarium silicone!

I don't know how to 'sticky' threads, but this might be worth 'sticky'ing... to save other well-meaning betta parents and bettas from this preventable injury.

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