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Old 06-12-2013, 02:32 AM   #11 
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Well tomorrow we'll have a tank freed up (it's currently being used by a couple of rescue mice) so we'll be getting him on Thursday. Hopefully he is still there and doing OK..
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:41 PM   #12 
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You should know that the fact you can see his veins means he probably has Septicemia. It's a bacterial infection of the blood, and can be fatal. It should be treated with antibiotics. I'd recommend a medicated food, because typical medicines that dissolve in the tank are not as effective.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #13 
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Being bacterial, it's contagious then?
Could I get these antibiotics from the pet shop?
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:22 PM   #14 
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I actually do not think this is septicemia, ammonia and nitrite poisoning causes things like this and is likely in this situation. The first thing I would try is clean, warm water.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:29 PM   #15 
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Are you talking about the veins on his body near his caudal fin? I don't think that's septicaemia. In lighter bodied fish such as this you can usually see the veins.

I agree that the bleeding tail is most likely due to ammonia poisoning/poor water quality. The fins of CTs seem to be particularly sensitive to poor water, more so than other tail types I have found.

I think if given high-protein food and clean water the damage on the caudal would heal up significantly.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:59 PM   #16 
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I hope you guys are right.
We'll pick him up this avo if all goes well.
I'm in a bad fish zone right now, stayed up way too late last night trying to save one of my mom's angels who had a nasty hole in his side and is now trying to fight off an infection. I don't think he's gonna make it and it's so frustrating because we've tried so hard getting him to heal and now that his wound has healed he suddenly goes belly up from some unseen infection. I hope this new guy thrives, I could really do with some relief.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #17 
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Aww ... Hopefully he'll do good for you. Unfortunately, if he's still there, the ammonia poisoning will be worse. The pet stores tend to not change the water in the cups. I'm not sure about your store, but hopefully they take good care of their bettas.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:11 PM   #18 
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No unfortunately they don't take good care of them at all... There were quite a few fish near him with gross cups and I've had issues with this store before with over-stocking and poor attitudes.
I would have taken him the day I saw him but I've had to wait until the tank I will use for him is free. Right now its housing 2 baby manx mice that were rescued from an unreputable breeder. They're getting an upgraded cage today which is why we've had to wait.
I really hope I'm not too late :/
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #19 
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Cute about the mice! Still, I believe that, if you had the money, you could've gotten him that day and taken care of him in the cup. That's what I did with 4 of my bettas. I ended up having them in the cup for a week tops, but it was worth it because I changed the water twice a day [I was a freak about it] and I made sure that they were healthy and cared for.

But, by doing that and using bottled water, I poured some water back into the bottle so the hole in the petco cup was uncovered by the surface of the water. Well ... I ended up forgetting about it and accidentally drinking fish water. It. Was. Nasty! By far the most embarrassing thing I did ... EVER. xD
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #20 
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I do have the money.. but I rescue mice and am paid minimum wage. All of my spare savings go to my mice, if that weren't the case I would have forked out the $60 for a brand new tank right then and took him but I can't afford to do that when I have 23 mice depending on me to be able to provide for them.
I know it doesn't seem like getting a tank would have been a big deal but things are a tonne more expensive where I live than in the US and I can't throw my money around easily.
I hadn't thought of keeping him in the cup, I will admit. In perth I've never had a store let me go home with the cup, they put the fish in a bag & keep the cup. But I could have kept him in a jug or something. That was stupid on my part. :( Poor guy.. I will be very sorry if he isn't there tonight..

Btw, LOL about drinking fish water!!

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