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Old 05-12-2012, 01:04 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Betta at bottom of tank breathing heavily

My betta got stuck in a decoration I had in his tank. He had been stuck in it for about a day until my dad came home to smash the decoration and get him free, now he is just laying on the bottom of the tank breathing heavily. Is there anything I should do besides just letting him recuperate? Like putting him in a new tank with a new water change? I did touch him and he is able to swim.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #2 
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Just let him rest. turning off the lights will help. may be a drop or two of stresscoat for the slime coat he's scraped off. check his body for damage.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:28 PM   #3 
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A part of his fin got tore off from him being in the decoration. Besides that I don't see any other damage.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #4 
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I agree, stresscoat will help, that was a stressful incident and he needs to rest!
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #5 
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The only thing I worry about is the water looks a little bit mirky from the debris from the decoration when it was broken off. Do you think I should change the water out?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:30 PM   #6 
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Also if you could tell us what kind of decoration it was, so to let everyone know that it could happen to thier fishy, if they possibly have the same decoration, or not to purchase it.. I would change the water, and make sure there is not broken pieces left in there at all..
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Well I can't really show you a picture of it because it was destroyed, but it was a part of the Top Fin sunken treasure 10 gallon decor kit. It was a little vase.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:20 PM   #8 
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Part of his Fin ripped off, right?
To make it heal faster, you need EXTRA CLEAN water and Aquarium Salt.
The BEST temperature is 76F-80F.
The sign of Healing Fins is that there is like a Clear, Translucent Film where the rip, or rot was. Be careful with an open wound.
And make sure that he is Stress-Free. Good Luck!!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:14 PM   #9 
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I sure hope your fishy gets well soon, and thanks for the update..
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #10 
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is it like part of the decor thats making the water murky? if so, ur fish could be breathing in plastic shards every time he breathes! move him immediately!

if not, it should NOT be murky, if you aren't willing to drink it, its too dirty!
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