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Old 08-07-2012, 03:14 PM   #1 
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Betta stuck in a plastic decoration, any suggestion what to use to free her?

She's stuck in these things.

http://jalextertoys.ecrater.com/p/86...cks-aquarium-8

I'm going to have to cut it in half.

I have a lot of tools, but can't think of anything right now.

I think 2 pairs of pliers should do the trick?
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:17 PM   #2 
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Pictures of her stuck? It might help us
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:24 PM   #3 
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Er... Maybe you can push her out?
Prepare a QT tank for her since she's going to be stressed and her slime coat will need some work. Lower the water level of the QT tank and add in Oak Leaves or IAL. I hope for the best.
You NEED to be quick! She's going to have to get some air soon or she might drown! D: I REALLY hope for the best.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #4 
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Pictures of her stuck?.....

I just got back when I went to look for her. Guppies swam out to the front but Senetti was no where to be seen. Thought she leaped out from the back or something.

Then I look at the bottom of the tank and there she is, stuck in the stupid fake rock. I thought she was dead but I could see her breathing... They do have gills afterall.

I had to pull her out and prop the decoration while I posted the thread.

She's out, pliers did nothing. I was about to get the dried oak leaves that are sitting outside when I decided to post an update.

Senetti is behaving fine now eventhough she's sustained a relatively deep cut.

I freed her with a heavy duty wire cutter type tool.

Once I put the dried oak leaves & feed her some more live mosquitos, I'll post pictures of this.

*SIGH* So frigging relieved!!!

Guess she'll be staying in my bedroom for another 2 weeks.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #5 
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Betta's thrive on mischief.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #6 
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Photos from the incident.

Here's a link to the a photo that captured that magic moment.



Any experienced forum members have any suggestions with the method of treatment I should follow?

Should AQ salt be used due to the severity of the wound?

What's been done so far...

  • Used a 1/4 tsp drop of stress coat directly on top of her already
  • Added 3 sundried oak leaves into her glass half gallon glass tank
  • 1tsp AQ salt dissolved in every gallon of conditioned water
  • Water level is 2", but the giant oak leaf makes it more like 1"
  • Water temperature of the treatment tank is 86.7 degrees F
  • Room temperature is 88 degrees F

Other notes & observations...

  • I have no idea how long Senetti was stuck when I got home.
  • Senetti didn't freak out the entire time, just breathing a little heavier than normal
  • Since Senetti was cut free from the rock, she hasn't lowered her ventral fins, never mind, I just glanced & she has lowered them now.
  • The only time she did panic was when I tried to remove her from the water & also when I tried to nudge her back through the hole.
  • Once I realized Senetti had to be cut free, I propped up the plastic rock she was wedged in with 1/4 cup 18/10 steel measuring cup so she could breathe easier.
  • I made sure her head wasn't completely out of the water.
  • I did this while I was gathering the right tools to free her.
  • The tools used were thoroughly scrubbed & cleaned months before this incident. No contamination occurred at all.
  • She was fed a huge scoop of freshly harvested mosquito larvae. There's currently still about 50 mini mosquito larvae in the treatment tank.
  • Just ate 2 Hikari Marine pellets
  • Amazingly she has no problems swimming/moving around.
  • No signs of fungus or infection at all.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:29 AM   #7 
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Ouch. That's got to hurt. You did the right thing. Your treatment so far is correct. If she's behaving normally, she'll probably recover completely...well, that might leave a scar. Warm clean water, AQ salt and lots of protein. IAL will help. Stresscoat is good, too. Keep a close eye out for infection.

My male suffered not quite as severe damage from being sucked into a siphon. He recovered completely. He's still curious and hanging around my much reduced siphon. Got to watch out.

Pretty VT female. Reminds me of a B. smarigdina male..
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #8 
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Oh my... you've definitely got everything she needs. The only thing I can recommend is maracyn two incase for infections. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

ps: I've never personally used furan two, but it does the job of both maracyn and maracyn2. I'm going to order some online soon myself...

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please ignore this post.. me and my talent for double posting :/

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