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Old 09-22-2008, 05:25 PM   #1 
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Betta Got Sucked Up in Siphon

I was cleaning my fish tank yesterday, doing a 50% water change, and must have looked away for a second because suddenly my betta was gone. I looked everywhere and finally found he had been sucked up in the siphon I was using to clean the tank! He was at the very top of the thick, hard plastic part of the tube, right where it turns into a small rubber tube.

I got him out as quickly as I could and returned him to the tank. He would not eat last night and today is only eating about half what he usually does. His colorful fins seem a little bit faded and rumpled today, I sure hope he returns to the way he was.

I've certainly learned from this accident, no more having the TV on or looking away when I'm cleaning the fish tank, this will never happen again!
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:02 PM   #2 
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It may be that he'll be ok in a few more days. At least he's eating, that's a good sign. Just keep an eye on him.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:56 PM   #3 
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ya he's just in shock.
do have any stress coat you put in by any chance?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:40 PM   #4 
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Just out of curiosity is it bad for you to take bettas out of the water and put in a holding cup while you do water changes? That is what I do with mine but I'm a newbie so was just wondering if it would be better to leave him in the tank while I do this even though the water gets a little cloudy
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:46 PM   #5 
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I have my fish in gallon bowls and take them out when I clean but in tanks, I don't think you need to do that. I don't see anything wrong with taking him out and putting him in a holding cup as long as the cup has some of the old tank water in it.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:05 PM   #6 
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i leave mine alone. i think the less handling of the fish the better.
no point in getting them stressed out twice a week from water changes
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:49 AM   #7 
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ya he's just in shock.
do have any stress coat you put in by any chance?
He seems a little better today. I'm hoping his appearance will return to 100% the way it was. Stress coat? What is that?
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:06 AM   #8 
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Stress coat by API is a water conditioner with aloe vera in it. Aloe vera is good for the slime coat and helps heal damaged tissue.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:47 PM   #9 
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taking them out adds stress. i do 50% water changes... the 2 gallons get done with a turkey baster, the others with big cups... too lazy to siphon unless its my 30 gall which does not need it often with only 5 fish in it. the smaller ones get 100% changes only if one is sick or something like that.
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:24 AM   #10 
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I've got a small siphon for my 2.5 and my 5 gallon tanks, it's just easier and I'm always really careful to make sure I know where the betta in the tank is when I'm cleaning.
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