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Old 07-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #1 
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so was at the pet store today, and decided to cave in and buy a betta. there was one halfmoon who looked like he had popeye. his eye was swollen around it. was going to rescue him from that small bowl until one of the staff said i had to be 19 to buy a fish.....i was furious. just wondering what is involved in treating popeye if i do end up getting my mom to buy him for me. would love to rescue him!
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:44 PM   #2 
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Popeye can often be solved with warm, clean water and 1tsp/g of Epsom salts.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:46 PM   #3 
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Sometimes just being in clean water is enough to clear up pop-eye on its own. I had a female betta show up with a horribly swollen eye (thought she would lose it/go blind) and it healed up on its own with no intervention from me other than some more regular water changes and feeding than usual.

But like MattsBettas has mentioned, Epsom salt can also relieve the swelling.
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You have to be 19? At my store (different chain store) you only have to be 18. What is the legal age of adulthood in Canada?
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #5 
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makes me so mad! really want to rescue this guy....just trying to figure things out on how to cure him if i did purchase him. i have epsom salt from when i had my toe surgery. if only i was 19....
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and legal age is 19 in nova scotia...different in other provinces. i have purchased bettas there before so this "rule" must be new
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #7 
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and legal age is 19 in nova scotia...different in other provinces. i have purchased bettas there before so this "rule" must be new
Weird, I was allowed to buy guppies and I'm 15.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #8 
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not sure if the staff just made that rule up on the spot because i was a teenager. doesn't make sense. never heard of the "19" rule. boyfriend had to drag me out of the pet store today lol....i will be back to rescue him at some point!!!!! he needs a good home
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not sure if the staff just made that rule up on the spot because i was a teenager. doesn't make sense. never heard of the "19" rule. boyfriend had to drag me out of the pet store today lol....i will be back to rescue him at some point!!!!! he needs a good home
You should ask to speak with a manager. Are you a legal adult in any of the other provinces? Sorry, I feel bad, I don't know anything abut Canada. If you are a legal adult in at least one province I would maybe argue that.
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I think in Alberta, legal age is 16. I am 16 now. Can definetly find out
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