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Old 05-22-2012, 03:55 PM   #1 
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What in the world...

Went into PetCo today because I was up at that exit and found this little halfmoon all curled up in his cup. I thought SBD and talked to the manager that was there. I told her that I rescue bettas and offered to take the fish because he probably wasn't going to sell anyway. She ended up giving him to me and now I'm hoping I can diagnose what's wrong so I can nurse him back to health (and later put him up for adoption...if I don't get attached..|D )

Here's a video of his behavior. Almost seems similar to what Alduin's issue was when I first got him, but this is much more severe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3_GN...ature=youtu.be

Any ideas?

I'm in the process of converting my poor goldfish babies (who passed away) tank into a rescue tank, but for now, I put in some new water and I'm thinking about adding a little salt. He seemed to perk up a bit when I added the new water, that's for sure. Anything I can do for him?

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:16 PM   #2 
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Can he get to the surface okay?
I'm going to go out and say it's probably a bacterial SBD and not inflation/inflammation, since inflation/inflammation he'd be stuck at the top. He obviously has little control of the organ right now.
I'd keep his water shallow and do the epsom treatment (as you already are?)

He has such an interesting colour, hope he gets better!
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #3 
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Oh no :(
He can go to the surface from what I've seen.

I'm running out right now to get some Epsom salt because CVS is on the way to the house I'm pet sitting for for work.

Thank you! I agree his colors are interesting.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #4 
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Uhh, just went up to check on him and he was laying on his side at the top. He was still breathing. I gently agitated the container for a second and then all of a sudden he started chasing his tail fin like a dog, trying to bite his fins. He kept spinning in circles it was very strange. Did it for a good 10-15 seconds.

Now he's just swimming and twirling around almost like a seal would.

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:34 PM   #5 
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I'd do 1-2 tsp/gal epsom salt and start treatment for parasites.

Even if his poop looks normal, the way he's holding his body seems like he's very uncomfortable and possibly a bit painful.

The epsom salt will help him poop a bit so you can decide further from there if you want to continue with parasite treatment.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #6 
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Oh god lets hope I can help him with parasites, unlike my goldfish :( I hate parasites.

He's resting at the surface now instead of the bottom, if that makes any difference. Added the Epsom.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:11 AM   #7 
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So he made it through the night. He is currently floating at the top in an "L" shape, bent over, nose down. Sometime he starts swimming upside down. He hasn't curled up though like he was doing yesterday so that's probably good.

How often should I treat with Epsom? Daily?
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I'm too new to betta-keeping to offer any suggestions as to what is wrong with him, but I wanted to wish you the best of luck helping this little guy--he's such a pretty fellow! You're awesome for trying to save him!
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:29 AM   #9 
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Awww thank you!! I couldn't leave him there I would hate myself for it. I just hope I am able to save him <3 He is beautiful (he has like blue fins with gold its neat) and has two people interested in adopting him so far if he can recover :3 Hopefully I don't get attached..... >_>
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:27 AM   #10 
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That is so sad. Best of luck, you have a heart of gold.
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