Helllllp!!! I was getting ready to change the water in my fish bowl and accidently hit the side of the bowl which made a gaping hole in the bowl. The fish slid out with the water as it ran over into the sink. It all happened so fast. The fish was stuck in the drain hole and I had a hard time getting him out to place him in another container. When I did he was moving lifelessly and struggling to get oxygen. He has managed to revive himself somewhat (I guess). However I want to know what can I do to make sure I keep him around longer? How can I treat him for all that he has been through? [/img]
I had a similar situation where a neighbor was helping me change my betta's water and she dumped him into a dirty dishpan (on purpose, I think) It wasn't full of soapy water though, and he was fine. Just keep the water clean and keep an eye on him. Someone else here on the forum should be better able to advise you on whether he needs any meds or not. Good luck with your betta.
I havn't had any experience with melafix (or bettafix, which is a dilute version) But others have had bad experiences with it, burning the betta's labrynth organ and 'melting' their fins. Personally I would just make sure he has very clean water, IAL if you have it, and maybe a pinch of salt.
Hope your little guy pulls through :(
Can't say I've ever heard of Melafix burning away a fish's gills or fins. I swear by the stuff. I *have* heard that if you severely overdose it, since it's an oil you can create an oil film over the surface of your water which can restrict oxygen exchange. I think if you follow the instructions carefully, you should be fine. I've used a combination of Melafix and Pimafix for fin rot on a couple of occasions now with great success. I wouldn't worry about the Pimafix as there's no sign of infection just yet, but a little Melafix wouldn't hurt.