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Old 07-31-2012, 09:10 PM   #1 
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Two Bettas...Terrible accident...Oh no...

Hi, my apologies for posting a lot here. I'm a complete newbie to this. I recently bought a new divider tank. I put plants near the divider to block most of their view. They have found away around that and (obviously) started flaring. I came back after a few hours and my one betta has holes in his anal fin and a ripped up tail fin. The other was stuck in a a vent hole in a teracotta pot! I couldn't get him to swim backward so I broke the pot. I honestly don't know how he got in there so tightly. He lost movement on his left pectorial fin, one of his pelvic fins has been ripped off, and his beard (flaring) looks damaged. He's breathing very hard and not eating. ): I'm afraid I might loose him. What can I do for both of them?
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:20 PM   #2 
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Hi, my apologies for posting a lot here. I'm a complete newbie to this. I recently bought a new divider tank. I put plants near the divider to block most of their view. They have found away around that and (obviously) started flaring. I came back after a few hours and my one betta has holes in his anal fin and a ripped up tail fin. The other was stuck in a a vent hole in a teracotta pot! I couldn't get him to swim backward so I broke the pot. I honestly don't know how he got in there so tightly. He lost movement on his left pectorial fin, one of his pelvic fins has been ripped off, and his beard (flaring) looks damaged. He's breathing very hard and not eating. ): I'm afraid I might loose him. What can I do for both of them?
Are they just seeing each other or did they find a way to get to each other? If it is just that they are seeing each other try putting more plants in their way. As for the one who got caught in the pot, I'm so sorry! I have never used them, but heard you need to block that back hole. If you don't have a smaller tank to put him in for now, use the cup you brought him home in with some of his tank water. Do you have an epsom salt? If not, clean warm water and a dark quiet spot for him...I don't know much more than that. Hopefully someone more experienced can give you more advice!
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:22 PM   #3 
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Hi, my apologies for posting a lot here. I'm a complete newbie to this. I recently bought a new divider tank. I put plants near the divider to block most of their view. They have found away around that and (obviously) started flaring. I came back after a few hours and my one betta has holes in his anal fin and a ripped up tail fin. The other was stuck in a a vent hole in a teracotta pot! I couldn't get him to swim backward so I broke the pot. I honestly don't know how he got in there so tightly. He lost movement on his left pectorial fin, one of his pelvic fins has been ripped off, and his beard (flaring) looks damaged. He's breathing very hard and not eating. ): I'm afraid I might loose him. What can I do for both of them?
What size is your tank? Is it heated? Most tanks that have built in dividers marketed towards bettas are nowhere near being of appropriate size.

Bettas are notorious for trying to squeeze into places wayyy too small for them. Make sure you keep the water pristine to prevent infection. This will mean doing more frequent water changes. Steer clear of any medications ending in -FIX that are marketed as helping with fin regrowth.

Put the injured betta in a heated hospital tank with lowered water level to make it easier for him to come up for air. Don't worry about him not eating for now.
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Do you have an epsom salt?!
Epsom salt does not treat fin issues, that's aquarium salt. They are NOT the same thing!
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It was a 5 1/2 gallon tank. My tank is heated with a filter. They each had a cave and an assortment of plants.
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Epsom salt does not treat fin issues, that's aquarium salt. They are NOT the same thing!
Sorry, my mistake.
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It was a 5 1/2 gallon tank. My tank is heated with a filter. They each had a cave and an assortment of plants.
Okay, awesome. Just making sure. Usually when people buy preassembled divided tanks, they look something like this:
(That's 1/2 gallon total.)
Definitely put the injured one in a smaller tank with a lowered water level. Really try your best to keep the water super clean. If possible, try not to use a net on him because of his injuries, although a soft mesh brine shrimp net might be okay.
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