So last night my dear Piebald took a flying jump out of his tank on my side table. I did not realize until about half an hour to 45 minutes later when I looked into his tank and couldn't find him. Sometimes he'd wedge himself between ornaments and I wouldn't find him until I moved and he saw me. So I moved to try to find him and even moved the lid thinking he'd come out with the sound but he didn't.
I was confused until I saw this little black line on my carpet in front of my bureau. I quickly went to scoop him up until he flopped around, scaring me out of my wits because I was honestly NOT expecting that!
So with a net I was able to usher him into, I took a cup full of his tank water and plopped him into it hoping that the carpet fuzzies would come off with the water. I lowered the water level and floated him in his tank.
He was unresponsive to any movement so I was wondering if he'd gone blind from his eyes drying or the fuzzies in his eyes. I floated some bits of Anacharis in his little cup to hopefully help him stay afloat a little better and I went to sleep hoping for the best.
This morning I woke up to a very dead fishy. Piebald had died sometime during the night, at least I can say he died from one Amazing Leap of Faith rather than some disease that I left untreated. He was a good Betta and very responsive to me so it is sad to see such a personable fish leave.
Swim in Peace Piebald!
When I first bought him a month and a half ago:
Two weeks later the fungus over his eye was gone and healed up. Fins were starting to regenerate and he was active again.
Just last week, he was starting to turn his piebald head brown!
Fin growth coming in clear:
Pictures taken just last night: