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Old 02-07-2011, 10:26 PM   #21 
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I do have a 1 gallon ready for him, but I need to know what it might be and if I should treat Pug too. Then I could leave them in the same tank so I can treat them both.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #22 
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like i said, i'd try out treating him for parasites first. since Pug's in the same tank, it might be a good idea to treat them both. if he doesn't improve after a bit, then it's not parasites.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:19 PM   #23 
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How long should I treat him before ruling out parasites if he does not show signs of getting better?
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:58 AM   #24 
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Personally, if he didn't pick up fairly quickly I would consider euthanasia. At that point of emaciation, his internal organs would most likely be damaged, and he would obviously be suffering because of it.

I would definitely isolate him into a 1 gallon quarantine tank as soon as possible. Since at this point in time he needs to hold onto every little bit of energy that's available to him, I would drop the water level down as far as the heater allows and provide something for him to rest on.

It could be internal parasites or worms, so starting him on some medicated food or something similar could be all he needs to pull through. Then it would be a simple matter of fattening him up on some good quality food and making sure he maintains a healthy weight from then on.

Also it's a fallacy that older animals should be skinny to the point of emaciation like that. It's advisable to keep older animals leaner to avoid excess strain on their bones and joints, but they should never have the appearance of being in the latter stages of starvation.

Sending some healing vibes your way, but if it's passed beyond that point, I hope you have the strength to do what's right.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:07 AM   #25 
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Oh my goodness. Poor baby! I hope he can pull through.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:14 AM   #26 
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Good luck. I hope he makes it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:03 AM   #27 
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Aww the poor little guy.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:23 PM   #28 
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Poor little guy!

I know this has been said, but my first thought was parasites. If it is an internal parasite, I don't think they necessarily spread, and Pug may just not have it. Try medicating for parasites with food or dissolving tablets, and as other suggested, medicate the whole tank. My understanding is that anti parasite medication is not harmful if the fish doesn't end up having a parasite, so I'd go ahead and try it.

What does his poop look like? Is there any?
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:35 PM   #29 
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Aww your poor boy! i have never seen a betta in such a state!! Hope you are able to help him :(
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #30 
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Poor little guy!

What does his poop look like? Is there any?
I have not seen him poop for a while actually. But I do not know if he has not pooped or I am just missing it (because of the size of the tank and whatnot).
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