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Old 10-22-2010, 12:05 AM   #1 
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Chlorinated Counter... Help

I have a female betta named Cher. Young and on the small side still. She lives in her tank alone (I got one of those double-tanks from Petco and took out the separator) with a plant.

So far so good. Last week, however, I left home (Virginia) to visit family in Georgia. I left my animals, including Cher and her "brother" Sunny (also a betta) in the care of a close friend who also has pets. Unfortunately, I was unable to get Cher a weekend feeder while away, and by the time I returned, my friend had pretty much clouded poor Cher's tank with food (I think she poured in a bit much) and the tank was filthy and stank. So, I cleaned Cher's tank.

Earlier this afternoon, I had to wipe down my kitchen counter (where I take Cher's things to clean them) with Lysol wipes. I followed Lysol with a Bleach Pen to get rid of some stains on the counter (we rent, so I'm very careful with this). After cleaning up the bleach, I re-Lysol'd (I know I'm weird) and dried everything up thoroughly with a paper towel. As I went to put Cher back into her tank, she flipped out of the net and onto the counter. I immediately worked to get her back into fresh clean water, although she flipped around on the counter a few more times. She seemed fine from the git-go, though obviously a bit frightened from the ordeal.
  • What can I do to insure that she was neither burned or otherwise harmed by the counter having been chlorinated earlier?
  • Should I worry?
  • What can I do if she does show signs of having been aversely affected?
Please help... Cher is VERY special to me, and was an extremely special gift from my husband recently. I couldn't bear it if something happened to her right now.

Thank you so much ahead of time.
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #2 
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I would keep her water really clean with 100% daily water changes for several days-often that is all that is needed-the chemicals could cause her slim coat to be compromised-but clean dechlorinated water should help that as well.

Do you know how many gallons her tank is? if it is small (less than a gallon) you may want to make 3-100% weekly water changes on a regular basis to prevent problems in the future once you see that she is fine after her ordeal......

Also, I would not use those feeder blocks in small tank-fish can go a fairly long time without food and be just fine but limited on the water quality...

Love to see some pic of your Bettas...Sunny and that....
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:09 PM   #3 
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Hello, I agree with everything OFL says. If your fish is ever exposed to harmful chemicals like bleach, it's a good idea to use a little more dechlorinator than you would usually use in their water. Bleach is chlorine, after all, so the dechlorinator will help detoxifty it along with a few other chemicals. Activated carbon is another way to help remove toxins.

Those tiny plastic divided betta kits are really not a good way to keep a betta permanently, if it's the type of tank I'm thinking of. They are very small, difficult to keep clean, and impossible to heat properly. I'm in Virginia too, so I know it can get cold in the winter. You will need to get a heater for her eventually. Also, just like other animals, when fish are kept in very small spaces they can become bored and develop destructive neurotic behaviors like tail-biting and glass surfing. These behaviors are stressful and endanger your betta's health--so you should look into getting something larger for them soon. I recommend a 3-5 gallon tank kit with a filter--these tanks can undergo a process called the nitrogen cycle, which will make tank maintenance a lot easier for you. You should take the time to research this process and learn how to cultivate beneficial bacteria in your filter.

If you happen to be closeby (NVA-DC metro area), I can give you some clumps of java moss--it is a live plant that is very easy to grow. It will consume the fish's waste as fertilizer and give you a bigger error margin as far as water changes are concerned.
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