Second one is from someone that has successfully rescued several Bettas. I want to know why you do it. Also tips on how to give the best chance of a new life to a fish. Ya'll know I'm not into buying the sickest fish.. so tips on identifying a healthy project and adjusting it to it's new life would be what I need. What to look for as signs fish not doing well. Before and after pics would be great! And tell me how it makes you feel as they flourish under your care.
I can help with this one. WHY do I do it? Basically because I do not like to see them suffer. I now alot of people do not approve, saying the best way to "save" them is to call up walmart or petco and b**** about the horrible conditions but...or try and get the fish for free. I have heard stories on here of petco or petsmart saing NO we can't sell sick fish, so I prefer to keep my mouth shut and buy the fish in question. Plus I love it when they transform from a tailess, pale thing into a beautiful fishie
"Being a hero to someone, even if it is a fish, is a feeling like no other. Though it can be frustrating, it can be the most rewarding thing to give someone a second chance at a happy life". ~From Finally Home~”
Ya'll know I'm not into buying the sickest fish.. so tips on identifying a healthy project and adjusting it to it's new life would be what I need.
I normally do not get the "sickest fish", although I did one time - at my boyfriend's urging. He is doing great now
Normally, I look for ones that are still alert - like if they swim around when you pick up the cup. I avoid ones with fuzz - don't wanna mess with columnaris and I look for pineconning as well. The majority of the time, their issues are caused by poor water quality and not an actual illness - clean, warm water, and sometimes aquarium salt is normally all I use. If the fins are bad, I add in some Krodon's fish protector or extra stress coat. I always test the ammonia in their cups so I know what i'm dealing with...if its bad, it's best to very slowly change the water - going from an ammonia of 8.0 to 0 quickly is just as bad as going from 60F water to 82F. I use a syringe to take out old and add in fresh every 20 mins or so and do so over several hours. Then I add the fish to the new tank.
For sluggles - who was like a lump of blue on the bottom of a cup 9fins floating everywhere, ammonia burns, rapid gill movement) I had floated him in a cup for a few days inside of a bigger, heated tank. When he had enough energy to flare at his tank mate, I moved him into his own home. However, I had to keep the water level pretty low as he had some kind of issue with his spine? I don't really know WHAT his issue was but about a week after i got him I was moving from alaska to NY in winter and took him as well. By the time I got to NY, he was perfectly fine (sadly, only 1 other fish survived the trip
a few days later
LUCKY - my 1st rescue - didn't know the imortance of heaters back then
The night I took him home
Few months later:
Sadly, Lucky and Sushi have left for the rainbow bridge
OOh and Lucky Stars (the one in my avatar). FOund him at Petco and he was pale with almost no fins. tested the ammonia and it instantly turned the water dark BLUE - not green but blue which isn't even on the API chart! He fins are growing back nicely and he is doing awsome! he was just laying on the bottom of his cup. I actually went to petco that day to rescue a different one I saw that was there for several weeks but..I wasn't sure he would of made the journey home. This guy was next to him and a bit more "alive"
Lucky has his own music video---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6DJi...&feature=g-upl
and another betta music video with music from the lorax--->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InF8e...feature=colike