So much for an uneventful morning..
I woke up and like every day turned on the betta fish tank lights and checked on them. I recently got a male king platat, who can be seen on this thread http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=116329
I was looking in his tank and couldn't find him.. my first thought was wow, he must of really found a good sleeping spot... but then I thought. wait, what if he jumped out?!
I have the aqueon 5 gallon mini bow and there is a small space open in the back..
Well, I was right. I grabbed my flashlight and checked on the floor behind the tank.. and there he was.. not moving. I know these guys can go a long time without water so frantically grabbed him and he started flopping around like a crazy fish.. he was stuck to a piece of paper that had fallen behind my dresser... but he was MOVING!
I immediately threw him in the tank and let him remove himself on his own from the paper so I wouldn't tear his fins. He swam/fell down to the bottom of the tank and stayed there for a little while.
His fins look frayed at the ends and he's breathing heavily.. I taped saran wrap over the opening on the back, and will have to find something that is more permanent..
I can try to get pictures later but I have to leave for work in 20 min. I checked on him about 5 min after I put him back and he's already moving around although his fins look terrible.
I checked my water parameters after I put him back in his tank to make sure it wasn't something I did to him.
Ammonia : 0ppm
Temp: 81 F
What should I do, and will he make it? I'm rather attached to him and when I check on him before bed I kept thinking how awesome he looks, and how the fin rot he had when I got him is all but gone! He also gobbled down some frozen blood worms like a champ last night.