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Old 06-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #21 
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If he's still the same tomorrow, we'll move him. Do we need to leave it completely bare?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #22 
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You can put a few plants in and a cave but for ease of changing water, probably no gravel.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:02 PM   #23 
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Since it's so small I guess I'll just put his favorite decoration, a little bridge. He sleeps under it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #24 
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Okay. Hopefully he perks up soon. Do you have live plants in his 10gal?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #25 
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Unfortunately, no. I was going to look into getting one soon.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #26 
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Okay. If you aren't comfortable with putting him in a 1 gal just because he hates being netted/cupped, then you can also leave him in the 10gal but use only Stress Coat or Kordon Fish Protector, no AQ salt. Trust me, it's a real pain dissolving enough salt for a 10gal and a real pain getting it all out afterward.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:12 PM   #27 
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My husband just got him to eat. He's showing appetite with no swimming difficulty which is a good sign I hope.. He said the swelling went down, too, but I didn't want to stick my face up there as well, since I am afraid of him getting startled. We did a water change both yesterday and today. I'm going to study and get some rest, I'll talk to you guys tomorrow. Thank you for the help, advice, and support.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #28 
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Can you catch him in your hand? I gave up on nets and cups, but I can usually catch them. I'd heard that nets can harm their slime coat, and cups are just hard to use...
I take out all the plants and hides and then I can usually catch them. I hope that helps!!
I had a betta with a bad scrape injury once, unfortunately he didn't make it, but what about treating him with some sort of antibiotic in addition to proper water parameters? If he was a land animal I know you'd need an antibiotic cream or possibly oral meds, not so sure about a fish. :( I'm sorry, and I hope it all turns out okay for him!! Poor little guy. :(
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:24 PM   #29 
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To be honest, that's how I catch all my fish these days (except the ones with spines). It's a lot faster than any other method. I know it's generally discouraged to handle fish much because of the slime coat but I believe with proper water parameters, healthy fish, and the addition of Stress Coat, it's okay. I don't handle them that often anyway. It's not a method I recommend to people but if it's the only method that works, then I don't discourage it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #30 
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Ugh, I really hopes he keeps showing improvement. It's so scary to have him hurt
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