I just bought two Betta from Petco today and am currently keeping them in 1.5gal storage bins with an Arachais (sp?) bunch floating in each bin. I bought a 14gal kit that I was going to cycle then put them in (divided of course). But for now I was going to keep them in these bins and just change the water everyday.
PROBLEM!!! I got recommended by several people that the terra-cotta planting pots make a good cave for Betta. Well one of my fish tried to go through the hole in the bottom of the pot and got stuck. While my boyfriend and I were trying to free him he squirmed so much that he came out going forwards. He has a lot of missing scales and a little tiny speck of blood at the beginning of his tail. Pictures are below
There is currently AquaSafe conditioner in the water and I took him out of the bin and he is back in his small cup that we bought him in.
I need to know the next course of action please! I have Aquarium salt with me and the conditioner. I am a college student and don't exactly have access to anywhere right now.
The fish is swimming around and can go up for air and whatnot. He's just hanging out at the bottom of his cup right now but he still has his swimming fins (?).
This is his bin now with my glass mug in as a replacement for the terra-cotta pot.
What he got stuck in
He is still moving around a little, just kinda floating there. I have a heater but it is with the big kit which I have not set up yet because I was going to Cycle it. Unless I don't need to and I can just put the filter on, the heater in, and acclimate them? I do not have a testing kit with me but I bought pure ammonia because I heard that it was the most precise way to cycle a tank so if anyone can give me some more info on that and/or a course of action for my injured fish that would be great!
BTW: The other fish is as happy as can be. I took out his pot as well though. Didn't want to take chances.