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Old 12-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #1 
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blind betta?

along with dealing with my first case of dropsy this week i decided to rescue a blind betta with fin rot. and yes i have no self control. im 95% sure it blindness and not just cloudy eye because he has no response to movement or light and when i put a pellet on the water he didnt seem to see it. but i know nothing about blind bettas. do they need smaller or larger space? how do you feed them? can they be put with other fish?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:51 PM   #2 
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along with dealing with my first case of dropsy this week i decided to rescue a blind betta with fin rot. and yes i have no self control. im 95% sure it blindness and not just cloudy eye because he has no response to movement or light and when i put a pellet on the water he didnt seem to see it. but i know nothing about blind bettas. do they need smaller or larger space? how do you feed them? can they be put with other fish?
any information would be greatly appreciated!
I would not put him with other fish. Tank size any is good as you will find the Betta will use the sides for navigation. A shorter wider tank would be ideal so he has more room to exercise. Place caves or hiding places on the tank wall so he can find them easily. Never change the lay out of the tank. I feed my blind boy with tweezers because he can't find the pellets. Invest in a good pair of surgical stainless steel ones with a blunt tip. You are going to teach him how to eat from them. I use my finger as a guide point for my Betta and sound to tell him I am there. Then he waits for the feel of the tweezers on his lip. A sinking pellet works best. Then you can just drop it in his mouth. This process will take time but don't give up hope. In the end I hope it's only cloudy eye but be prepared if it isn't.

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alright! ill watch him for the next few days to make sure and ill work on figuring out everything with feeding him. thanks!
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You can also scent his food with garlic to make it easier for him to find it by smell :)
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #5 
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My blind betta seems to be able to manage well without much special care; I just tap the glass and he'll swim over and then I'd feed him. Try feeding him in the same spot everyday.
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New Life Spectrum is very smelly.
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thanks for the tips! ill try them out and see what works best!
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Remeber that even though he is blind his smell will be good.
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