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Old 12-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #1 
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poor little guy :(

this is the poor little guy i got at petsmart today. i had seen him thursday and he has been on my mind since. when i went back to get him he looked worse than before! :( lost alot of color and his colors only show up in the right light. he is active and i got him to eat a pellet! :) but he is so small!! i had to make sure he is a he! i have treated his water with AQ salt, fungus guard, and ick guard. any advice will be gladly taken! ;) i will be doing updates on how he is doing! :)

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this is him in his QT bowl. see how small he is?!
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also i need some name ideas!! unique! my mom suggested blue-moon, and i like it because it is different! :)
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #2 
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I killed Carters infeftion in hours. I built a chemical soup. IAL, Coppersafe, Ick Attack, and Aquarium Salt.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:08 PM   #3 
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Do you know what darting means? He is darting around all of a sudden. :(
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That could mean chemicals in the water or he is nervous to me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:16 PM   #5 
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Well now he's sitting on the rocks. I maybe startled him when I walked over.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #6 
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Any reason for the use of fungus guard, ich guard and aquarium salt if he doesn't actually have any fungus or ich? Could be the medications causing irritation or may just be a response to the change in water conditions.

Clean, heated water with some IAL is all I would be using if he isn't showing any visible signs of disease. He looks a little emaciated in the pictures so maybe a going over with some parasite medication wouldn't go astray later down the track either.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #7 
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The fungus guard also helps with fin regrowth. I believe he has ick because he has some white stuff on his head, not fuzzy.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:37 PM   #8 
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Unless you know for sure it is ich I would not go ahead with medicating. Fish medications can be extremely harsh and can sometimes cause more harm than good, particularly if the fish in question is already highly stressed.

Fin regrowth will happen quite quickly with warm, clean water and a good high-protein diet. You don't need medications to aid with that.

Just letting you know as some medications have been known to cause problems with things such as kidneys. Not sure as to the ingredients of those two, but thought I would give you the heads up.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #9 
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Thank you. I will give him new water. Should I still add AQ salt?
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #10 
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You can. I think it's just that you don't go beyond a period of ten days with it. Otherwise the appropriate dose shouldn't cause any harm.

Hopefully he blossoms under your care. It's sad seeing bettas being allowed to get into that condition in the first place. The lack of care people have when dealing with fish disgusts me. If it was a puppy or kitten left to rot like that there would be an uproar. But because it's 'just' a fish worth a couple of dollars it's treated like a replaceable commodity.
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