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Old 09-02-2012, 11:45 PM   #1 
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My first WalMart Rescue

I just bought a betta tonight.

He's got a bad case of fin rot i beielve, but his tail fin and the pectoral fins are in nice shape.

I have him in a planted 2.5gallon.

What all should i treat him for? his gills also seemed a bit dark






His colors are amazing
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #2 
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It was a sympathy purchase not a rescue they still made money.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #3 
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Doesn't matter what it was, I need to know everything I need to from experienced people on how to treat it.

Seems like a rescue to me... would have died within a week I bet.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:15 AM   #4 
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Unless it was free it was a sympathy purchase which is okay.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:19 AM   #5 
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Looks like fin melt. Even if the store had profit, at least Frazzle is taking better care of it. :) Aquarium Salt for 10 days. Do 100% changes daily while and you should treat him in a QT tank. Remember to dissolve the salt first and then to add it in the QT. No live plants as most can't tolerate salt.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #6 
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Looks like fin melt. Even if the store had profit, at least Frazzle is taking better care of it. :) Aquarium Salt for 10 days. Do 100% changes daily while and you should treat him in a QT tank. Remember to dissolve the salt first and then to add it in the QT. No live plants as most can't tolerate salt.
This +1 And he's a cutie, make sure you post good pics when he's doing better!
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Looks like at least 4 colors on him, he will be spectacular looking under your care!
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #8 
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Looks like at least 4 colors on him, he will be spectacular looking under your care!
I agree. Look at what Candice did with Heartbreaker.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #9 
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omg tommorow im rescuing a fish from walmart also. a betta. gonna try to get 2. one that really bad ( health whise) and any HEALTHY ones/, the one that real bad health whise. i will treat, and make him a healthy little guy. btw hes gorgeous good luck with your rescue buddy



once i rescue him i will post pictures, and see if you guys can help me what to do :)

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #10 
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It does not matter if they PAID for the fish or not and walmart gets credit for dead fish anyways - either way, they profit. ALL 17 of my bettas were sympathy purchases..

It's kinda hard to tell from the pics but weather it is fin rot or fin melt - either way, the best treatment is clean, warm water. I am not sure what causes fin melt - i think its poor water quality but not positive. Fin rot can be cured with just clean, warm water but many people opt for aquarium salt as it will help fight off bacteria. Lebron was correct with the 1 teaspoon per gallon, make sure its dissolved before adding the fish. It would be hard to tell with his fins smushed together like that but normally fin rot will produce a black outline around the infected area. Ammonia can also burn away their fins if the level is high enough

Not sure about the gills - can't really see them in the pics. Is it the gill covering that's red? If so, it's probably been burned by ammonia.
Is it red in the same spot as in this fish (who had an ammonia level of 8.0)? or is it actually the gills that are red..or are you talking about the beard (the part the males puff up)..It took me a while to realize the beard was NOT the gills . If he is not gasping for breath, I wouldn't be too worried about his gills as I think they are supposed to naturally be red.


I picked up one tonight from walmart myself, as a B day present

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