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Old 08-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #1 
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Rescue!

Hey, everyone!

So for the last few months that I have been to a petco down here, I have consistently seen ne betta. He stood out to me the first time. He is a king betta, stuck in a tiny cup, of course! ...the first time I saw him, I would have guessed that he had been in there for a few weeks already...then I went back in a few weeks later, still there, but a bit more pale and clamped....a few weeks later, still there, looking a little more pale and clamped than before. Nobody wanted this poor guy, because they were buying all the gorgeous new half-moons and dragon scales...I kept thinking about him, also because evey time I cam up he would try to turn around and look at me. And he didn't ever flare.

Anyway, a few days ago, I asked my science teacher (she is one of the best teachers at my school and we get along really well and talk all the time) if I could bring a betta in to her class in a small tank like under ten gallons....she said of course i could. So I told my mom this, I said I would go craigslist shopping for a second hand tank, but I wanted to get the betta first because I didn't want anyone to take him (an inexperienced keeper that would put him in a cold, dirty bowl), and I didn't want him to die in the store...I was kind of nervous as I hadn't been there in a few weeks, so I didn't know if he would still be there.

Well, I walk in, and I see the poor guy still sitting in his cup...but this time, he could barely move. He was so skinny, his stomach was skinnier than his gills (if that makes sense...)....like instead of having a belly that drops below his gills a little like it should, it was like it was sucked up a little. He was very clamped, he was incredibly pale. I wasn't sure he was going to make it. But he kept trying to look at me, anyway. The water felt cold. I almost didn't even want to pick up the cup as I was scared to jostle him around in the slightest. I immediately bought him.

I was just going to keep him in one of those betta keepers or fill up my ten gallon tank halfway without a filter or anything until I could get a nice planted tank set up at school...(keep in mind that my mom isn't a huge fan of a bunch of little tanks everywhere, but she still let's me have them because she knows I love them. I wasnt even sure that she would let me set up a temporary one for him, but she did). She totally surprised me when she walked down the aisle and came back with a 5.5 gallon, a replacement filter for the one that came with the tank, and told me to pick out a heater, sand, wood, and a few plants to get it started, along with the overgrown plants from my current tanks. I asked her why, because I was going to bring him to school anyway, she said "but I don't want you to take him to school. I want to see him get better here, and plus, I don't want anyone to hurt him at school."

The tank looks a bit bare right now, with only a small and medium piece of wood, a clump of java fern, a small sword, and a few floating plants, but I will fill it up soon. I need to replace the light, as it's a really ugly yellow color, but I will fix that. His water is pretty warm right now, just to give him a little boost (80 degrees), I fed him bloodworms last night (at first he didn't know what they were, and just kind of stared at them but then he started eating them like crazy in his cup), his tummy looks a little bit better now, but still has some work to do. He is still a bit clamped this morning, but he is better thank last night when I got him. He has picked up a little bit of coloring over night as well. He is white, with a little bit of bright blue outlining on some of his gills, he has a little pale pick and blue colors on his fins. I can't wait to see what he turns out to be.

This morning he found one little loop in the floating hornwort and wedged himself in it...so he was just hanging there. I will try to post pictures of him today.

Sorry for the long post! Thanks for reading!
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #2 
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Wow, I'm glad you were able to get him. He is in loving care now :) Post pictures soon I'd love to see what he looks like! Glad to see your mom is getting a little attached to him as well :)
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #3 
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im so happy for you and your new friend! he has a happy loving family now, and that is probably the greatest pleasure for him! Pictures soon please! i want to see him. :)
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Ooo cant wait to see pics :)
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:00 PM   #5 
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Thanks, everyone, for the quick replies! I uploaded a few pictures...some from last night, some from this morning. I'll tell you which ones are which His stomach was skinnier than it is in these pictures because I took these right after he was fed lots of bloodworms

Forgot to mention, my trip to petco was actually a decent one this time. The aquarium specialist ACTUALLY knew what she was talking about and she personally keeps all her bettas in 3-5 gallons. She dives in the Great Barrier Reef to study fish. She was the first one to know what the different plants were, and she knew about all of them in great detail. When I first walked in, the bettas were in HORRIBLE condition. Apparantly a new trainee had fed each of them about 20 pellets...I looked over and saw her on a rampage trying to clean all 50+ of them as fast as she could. She was not happy about it...haha. It was horrible, though. There was so much food in there that the water was cloudy, there was actually food stuck in the bettas' gills. But she was taking care of it as fast as she possibly could. Which also meant that little Rory had to sit in that until she cleaned his cup.

Anyway, this is him. (I named him Rory after Rory from Doctor Who, if any of you love that show as much as I do )

First night in his cup:




In his tank today: He cracks me up. Every time I walk up I find him wedged in with some floating plant or another...just hangin' out. So I just moved Walter's hammock into Rory's..because Walter doesn't really use it and I figured Rory needs a little beauty sleep after being stuck in petco for months.

Hangin' out:





Exploring a bit: this is the most I've seen him move around yet!


His empty home: needs an aquascaping job!




Poor little skinny thing. Well, he will fatten up soon enough with me!



I can't wait to see the big guy spread his fins a bit. He hasn't really unclamped them once yet. But I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Thanks for looking! Sorry for the picture overload...
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #6 
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Don't be sorry about so many photos, I love seeing them! My rescue didn't unclamp his fins until around 3 days of having him so it just might take more time. Rory sure is a cutie :) Make sure to take lot more pics once he starts showing off!
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I am so happy for him and YOU! Yaaaaay! He's awesome!
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:00 AM   #8 
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Hey everyone...quick update: don't know if little Rory is going to make it..I'll keep you guys updated. I'll post in the morning and let you know if he made it through the night.

Thank you for all your replies
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:33 AM   #9 
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Oh no :( keep us updated! Sending love his way so he will feel better!
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:57 AM   #10 
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Very pretty! Cant wait to see how he colors up! Makes me want another King. *looks at empty tanks*
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