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Old 12-05-2012, 10:39 PM   #1 
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The Journal of a Fighter: A Rescues Progression

....I figured it was a somewhat fitting title, considering the circumstances that led to my new little rescue.
I'm horrible with titles though.....xD;

Anywho, if you haven't wandered across it yet, the full big long store can be found here: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=121911

I figured I'd go ahead and make a little Journal, if only to help keep a nice little log of the progression of this little rescue guy(yet to be named). I can't wait to see how he heals and perks up over time. :)

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Day 1:




He us currently hanging out in a heated 5 gallon with a bunch of Hornwart tossed in there to make a nice little cozy jungle(I'll do a nice aqua-scape of his tank once hes really well on the mend). Hes currently hanging around the top-strata of the tank, but has started to do some exploring and swimming around. I offered him a couple NLS pellets, but he wasn't interested. He seems to be reacting positively to me though, a little interested in what I'm doing.

So so far so good!
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:55 PM   #2 
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Poor betta! I read the entire story and it's really sad what they did to him, but now he's in a good home. He's really pretty and I'm excited to see how he turns out once he fully heals.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #3 
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Plus he's very pretty as well.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #4 
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Thanks guys!! :)

Hes doing very well this morning. No eating yet, but hes doing some exploring, some flaring at his neighbor, and some being an adorable little ham. ;)



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Old 12-06-2012, 11:31 PM   #5 
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I'm so glad you found him!! good luck.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:35 PM   #6 
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he's going to be a beauty! I'm so glad you found him and took him home. I'll be stalking this thread to see how he comes along. Can't wait to see some updates.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:56 PM   #7 
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Thanks guys! :)

Hes doing about the same today. Still no interest in food, wiggling around every once in a while but for the most part just hanging around up near the top. On his right side(the worse one)I can see what appears to be dead scales hanging there. :/ Poor little guy.....

On the up side I am starting to see the very start of clear regrowth on his fins when I look close enough!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:51 PM   #8 
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So.....hes taken a sudden turn for the worst a few hours after his partial water change today. :/ I peeked in to find him laying on his side near the top on a bit of hornwart, apparently not breathing and completely unresponsive. I thought he was gone for sure, but then he wiggled and weakly swam away a little after I poked him and got him off the hornwart. Right away I go him into a cup of clean conditioned water with a few grains of dissolved AQ salt(his left side is really starting to look bad)and floated him in the heated tank.

I still can't see him breathing, but he is 'floating' straight up and down, nose to the top, which is a position I've never seen a dead fish in so I assume/hope he is still hanging on. :/ I'm just PRAYING that he pulls though now......I don't know if there is anything else I can do for him....
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Aww man.. I'm so sorry! I hope he pulls through! :c
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #10 
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Well hes....now floating on his side and I can't detect any gill movement. I don't know if it was possible that the short amount of time he was in the bettafix at the store had done anything, or if the gill/lip damage(I it looked like he'd be bit on he gills and his upper lip was a little damaged as well)made it too hard for him to get a sufficient amount of air, or just between being trapped in a cup for 24 hours and beat up then being moved around and into a new environment was just too much stress for him, or a combination.......but I'm fairly certain hes gone now. At least hes no longer suffering....
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