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Old 05-20-2013, 07:19 AM   #1 
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Fish store rescue needs some TLC

So I went in to get some medication for my dear boy kaida's bump just this weekend and came home with a new brother now named Kenji from the specialist marine store. (it begins...)

But much to my horror I realized that I had forgotten to buy him a leaf hammock! Knowing how much Kaida likes his I wandered to the local pet store and there in a teeny unheated bowl I saw this little boy.
Bloated stomach, floating despite his best efforts to swim down, fin rot and a general hopelessness. Of course I bought him despite having no room so in a couple of days I went from one fish to three.

New fishy has been moved to a one gallon hospital tank with a plant and leaf hammock to jam himself into (he constantly tries to right himself before apparently running out of energy) So far I am using IAL that I prepared like a tea and added the cooled water to the tank as well as Epsom salts to try and relieve the bloating.
Is there anything more you think I should add for him?
Since this is his first day home with me the usual fill out sheet seemed a little blank since I cannot answer many of the questions.

I am sorry the pictures are blurry, my phone was having real difficulty focusing on him but they do show both his floating and the general lumpiness of his shape. His scales look healthy but the fins are shriveled badly. I can't see any signs of fungus as of yet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #2 
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Ahh, one of the most common ailments of betta fish...

I have the quarantine heated to 80-82, which helpsthe digestive track to get back on track... 1-3 teaspoons predissolved epsom salt per gallon, and a good 80-90% cleaning (don't remove fish, otherwise that creates stress on him). When the bloat seems to be gone and he has righted himself, continue treatment for 3-5 days longer to ensure there is no relapse.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:04 AM   #3 
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Thank you very much for the reply. Its a weight off my mind to know I was on the right treatment track. I wasn't sure on the next step after this preliminary stage though so now I have a framework.
He started on one teaspoon of Epsom Salts and I upped it to another one (pre-dissolved of course) several hours later. Do you think I should increase the dosage tomorrow or is two enough?
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #4 
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I would do three, as I find three is a good number that gets the job done. Nothing more would be needed. :)
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I can't thank you enough. Hopefully soon I can post some pics of the new arrival looking far healthier.
Fingers crossed!
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #6 
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Optimism= when you are still floating like a cork (but certainly looking perkier than before) and yet somehow manage to construct a bubblenest.
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Lmao I know right?? I had a few do that...
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Poor guy - hope he feels better
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Fishy is now able to stay on the bottom all by himself! Still a little swollen. Thought I would share this piccy of him. Seems the camera disturbed his nap...
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #10 
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Well, he isn't pleased his nap was disturbed... Glad he is getting better. Keepup with the medication, and he should be back to his good old self.
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