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Old 12-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #1 
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Betta jumped out of bowl today. Has this happened to anyone else?

So I was cleaning his aquarium and had him in a 1 gal bowl. I left the house for a bit, and when I came back I was busy setting up his aquarium and then I noticed he wasn't in his bowl.. was looking around and then stepped on him . My fish is fricking immortal I think. At first he was all bent and weird looking and not moving. Now he's swimming aorund his tank every so often but then stopping at the bottom or top for a few minutes not moving. Has anyone had a similar experience and their fish survived?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #2 
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Yes. My girl jumped out of her tank a little over 2 months ago and was out of the water at least a half an hour before I found her. She fell at least 4 feet and landed in the dustiest corner of my room. I had to rinse her off, then after she sunk to the bottom of her tank, I had to grab her out and rinse her off some more. It took her several days to get back to her normal, spunky, piggy self (she LOVES to eat). And it took almost 2 months for her tail and fins to grow back fully, but now, you wouldn't even know she had ever jumped out.
Give him some time, keep his water warm and clean, and he should be fine. Given that you stepped on him, keep an eye for any sign of internal or external damage. Also, cover ever tiny little hole on the lid of your tank. Mine has a lid, but she managed to jump out of a hole barely a half inch big.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:45 PM   #3 
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Unfortunately the same thing you did is what I did to my poor show quality halfmoon, Neptune. And I broke his spine when I stepped on him, so he didn't survive the ordeal :(

If your fish is still breathing I'd say he's probably fine and might have some bruising but it's likely minor.
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