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Old 11-24-2011, 02:23 PM   #11 
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I'm so glad to hear he's doing well behavior and personality wise :D
if his fin and swimming are still funny, you were probably right about the injury. it may heal back up totally normal over time, or it may heal up deformed. but I suspect he will adjust to it and improve as time goes on... ^-^ since all his other behaviors are normal, I'd say it's unlikely it's life-threatening.. he'll figure out how to balance himself and compensate for whatever the injury may leave him lacking in. at least since he doesn't have a filter he won't have to battle that. ^-^
bettas sometimes injure their gill covers and can't open them for a couple days... but after awhile it gets better and they're able to open it again. so maybe the tail will turn out like that... at least he's swimming, that's a good sign.

Yeah, I've had similar experience I'm afraid... the sad thing is /basic/ bettafish care isn't that hard to learn fact-wise... so it wouldn't even be that hard to teach them and for them to remember. especially something as simple as water conditioner... I guess even a few minutes is more than they have to spare though. >_> and true to the bowl&vase thing, ha :/ some of them are gorgeous, sure, but those are plant bowls, not fish bowls..
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:25 PM   #12 
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glad he's doing a bit better! as for his tank, is it heated? What do you think your coworkers would do if you just bought a larger tank for him? it doesn't have to be huge, but a heated 2g would be much more comfortable for him. :)

and by the way, it sounds like you're doing a great job, please don't beat yourself up about this! Bettas are hardy fish and they definitely like to give you problems when you least expect them
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:59 PM   #13 
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Well, this evening he starte darting around th tank like crazy, then rested. I'm worried because I had a betta that did this right before he died.
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:24 AM   #14 
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I'd just change the water... usually darting is either just for the sake of it, or else a water issue... ( unless he's running into things over and over in which case he may be trying to get rid of... itch was it? but usually you can see the parasite. )

was your other fish that didn't make it one of the ones before you knew of conditioner?
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