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Old 09-01-2012, 04:26 PM   #1 
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Diamond Eye Betta from Petsmart :O

I just posted a thread concerning weird cloudy spots in one of my betta's eyes, and ironically I stopped by Petsmart today and saw a blind betta :(. I felt really bad for the betta, and bought him. I don't think he's completely blind, because he'll swim away if my hand suddenly appears on the glass, but if he swims *super* slowly, and he won't notice my hand if I put it up to the glass slowly. I'm keeping him in a smaller tank temporarily, just to so that's it's easier for him to move around.
I'm also concerned about how to feed him, because he doesn't seem to notice the food.
Also I would love some name suggestions :) I was thinking of Tiresias, the blind prophet from Greek mythology.
Here are some pics! I think he's a spade tail..
(I'm almost positive he's a he, because he has no eggspot and his anal fin is quite big)

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Old 09-01-2012, 04:34 PM   #2 
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How great of you o save him! Feeding wise, my old betta before he died went blind and I had to feed him through a medicine syringe and that seemed to work. He definitely looks like a male plakat to me...

For a name, how about Saul? Or Paul? Because in the Bible, Saul (later Paul) was struck blind on his way to Damascus (Acts 9)

Edit: by the way, I love your username! I LOVE doctor who! I named my female Amy and my new rescue male Rory season premier tonight! Woot woot!
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #3 
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Just to let you know he is an overly bred Betta. Not a diamond eye.. Or whatever you call it. He has excessive Scaling and I see those all of the time. Poor boy can't see
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #4 
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Haha; Saul sounds cool, I think I'll put some names in a random generator and see what comes up :) and I'll try feeding him with a syringeXD
I can't Wait for the PREmiere :D Haha lol
@Mo-oh Okay XD , then what is a diamond eye? Cause I've heard it a few times
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:44 PM   #5 
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I'm not sure what a diamond eye is. Lol.. I would go about feeding him by always feedin him in the same slot at the same time of day and after a while he would get accustomed to it
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Okay thanks :) I'll try that too
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #7 
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You can train him to come up for food by tapping the tank in the spot you'll feed him. As Mo said, his eyes might work but they are covered by his coloring... such a shame.
Thai breeders are notorious for making up fancy names for faults on fish... that's probably where "diamond eyes" came from.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #8 
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Okay thanks :)
I do think he is at least partially blind if not full as i wrote before :(
I'll start feed training as soon as possible X]
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:08 PM   #9 
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He is very pretty I love him and how lucky is he to have you give him a home !
They have what are called feeding rings in the pet shops, its just a circle ring you use to feed in dont know if that would help but if he can see a little maybe you could train him to come into the circle for feeding time. Good luck and keep up posted on how he is doing.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #10 
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Poor boy! I have seen a few like him at Petco and Petsmart and I always feel so bad for them. You are a great person taking him in and giving him a permanent home. Good luck with food training him and keep us posted.
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