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Old 07-06-2009, 02:16 PM   #11 
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Good Luck with him! He really deserves a much better home than the cups. Congratz on the new addition and hopefully everything will be ok! I'm hoping to see pictures of this little guy when he's feeling better!
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:25 PM   #12 
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You did great bettababe! Takes guts to save an animal that sick and nurse it back to health. Awesome spirit!!
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:45 PM   #13 
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Aw that is very nice of you to do! Thank god my Walmart doesn't sell Bettas >_>

Isolate him in a small tank(like twice the size of his cup). you can buy cheap ones for $5 or even use tupper ware. Don't bother putting anything in there. Simply change the water daily, use a few drops of conditioner and a pinch of aquarium salt. Throw a few drops of medication in ther eif you have some and keep him nice and warm. If he eats(you migh thave to bring the food to him if he can't swim) then he shoudl recover. If not then still try but be prepaired for the worse
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:21 PM   #14 
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I would certainly give him some salt baths. As Doggyhog said it is the most effective for battling fin rot. In a 1 gallon I would change 100% of his water daily too since 1 gallons are not filtered.

I am not a proponent of buying walmart fish, it just makes them order more, but if they gave him to you, by all means try and save the guy.

Defiantly add some salt to his tank too. not in the concentration of a salt bath, but a pinch every water change is good. Is his popeye getting any better with the meds? If not go back to clean water and salt baths. If still no change look to a stronger med like ampicillin.

The holistic approach is always the best way to start though.

Best of luck getting the guy healthy again.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:49 PM   #15 
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Thanks everyone for your support!!

Update: Captain is doing well, I've been doing 100% water changes almost everyday with salt added along with the meds. His fins seem to be growing back and he is becoming a strong swimmer. He is eating great and even tries to flare at Cosmo! (the tanks are on the same desk) Its cute cause he doesnt really have anything to flare with so he just kind of puffs up.

Do you think I should continue the medication or just stick to the salt now that hes doing better? I dont want to stress him out any more than nessesary.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:28 PM   #16 
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I'm so glad he's doing well! :) I have no advice on the medicating, I hope someone can answer your question.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:52 PM   #17 
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If fins are regrowing and the pop eye looks better I would just stick to salt, maybe a few drops of bettafix and water changes like you have been.

glad to hear he is getting better.
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:40 PM   #18 
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Im glad you saved him :)
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:08 AM   #19 
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That's awesome that he's healing! Any pics?
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #20 
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Good Job! I hope he gets all the way better soon! If that does happen, you'll be a miracle worker!
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