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Old 09-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #11 
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You can scoop him up in a jar that he can sit in during the water change, that seems to be the easiest way for me to do it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:56 PM   #12 
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I think they make fish ladles too haha. Make sure to keep him covered.

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #13 
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After doing a 100% water change he's swimming around like normal, but then he'll barry his head in the gravel. Is that normal?

Do I need to get Stresscoat?
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:52 PM   #14 
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Stresscoat won't hurt, but I am concerned that Gamma looks bloated. Had he just eaten after you took those pictures? Also, do you feed him 5 pellets everyday?
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #15 
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I was feeding him that amount per the instructions. But I'm currently fasting him for a little while.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #16 
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Water changes twice weekly- 1 50% and 1 100%.

100% has to be done otherwise ammonia will build up over time, which is more stressful and deadly than removing them is. he will be fine
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:27 PM   #17 
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Water changes twice weekly- 1 50% and 1 100%.

100% has to be done otherwise ammonia will build up over time, which is more stressful and deadly than removing them is. he will be fine
I agree! He'll be ok. As for the food- good idea to fast him for a little bit. Just an FYI for the future- feed him about 3 pellets daily for 6 days and then let him fast on the 7th day. This is good for bettas' digestive tracks as it gives them a day to clean out their little systems, and it helps prevent constipation.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:47 PM   #18 
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Thanks for the feeding tips. Does ammonia build up from fish waste?
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:53 PM   #19 
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Yes, fish waste and fish food turn into ammonia. If you're using a filter, you won't have to do 100% water changes but it's your choice. :)
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #20 
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Gamma is doing a lot better and acting normally again :) so thanks for all of your help.

Two last questions:

In the first pic of my first post, you can kinda see a fin that's bent almost at a 90 degree anlge. I'm just wondering if this will heal/strainghten out, and if yes, when?

Also, in the pic attached to this post, you can see some blue spots on his body. Are these normal?
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