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Old 09-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #1 
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Angry Baby Betta with over 8.0 ammonia reading

I went and picked up a 20G tall yesterday from petco for my sisters 2 goldfish - not ideal but much better then what she had them in. Anyways...

I picked up the last baby they had in stock. I know its been there awhile cause there was...stuff...growing on the bottom of the cup. I knew it was in bad shape since I couldn't even tell if it was alive or not but then it flipped its flipper fins. I tested the ammonia when I got it home and it turned the water blue! No idea how high it needs to be for it to turn blue but the last one O got from petco, it also turned blue But at least he was an adult. This is just a baby.

For adults with ammonia poisioning - I very slowly take out the old water and replace with new..and I do mean very slowly, like over several hours. Then when the cup is almost all new water, I add the fish into the QT, usually add in stress coat, amquel plus and some AQ salt. I have had a few with ammonia levels of 4-8 and with time, they all bounced back. However, being this is not an adult - I'm not sure if there is anything else I should be doing. It does not seem to be able to reach the surface, so its in the cup with an inch or so of water. Stress coat, amquel plus and I did have it with a pinch of furan 2 yesterday. I though it might not be able to swim because of a bacterial infection but...also thinking it maybe due to the ammonia

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Old 09-09-2012, 01:26 AM   #2 
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poor baby. No suggestions, just warm wet hugs for the lil one.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:28 AM   #3 
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Thanks Silver
I really don't think there is much else I can do for it, other then wait and see what happens. Poor little fella

I have the cup floating inside a larger, heated tank.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:38 AM   #4 
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I wish your baby all the best, and a speedy recovery
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:40 AM   #5 
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It seems to be a bit more blueish now but its fins seem more clamped then when i took this pic yesterday
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:23 AM   #6 
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Wow it's a miracle that poor thing is still alive!
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #7 
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Baby is still hanging on. I picked up some frozen BBS - gonna try feeding them tomorrow. I can't tell if it has eaten any of the first bite pellets. They are so tiny, I cant see them in the water. He swam up a little when i put some in but i dont know if he actually ate anything or not.
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The baby I picked up today was so healthy I didn't think to test his cup water. The first baby betta I got (last January) died from ammonia poisoning (I think) in an uncycled tank. Me thinking it didn't need water changes because it was filtered.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #9 
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poor baby. No suggestions, just warm wet hugs for the lil one.

me too!
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #10 
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Your treatment for adults will work for this baby if he or she is still strong enough to survive it (and there's not really anything you can do if the baby is too weak). If you've got IAL I would add that to the baby's water. If not, don't worry about it. Hopefully this little one will improve quickly with clean water!
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