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Old 03-17-2011, 06:22 PM   #1 
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Hestia jumped out of her tank!

I was feeding both the fish, and while I was dropping a pellet into Hestia's tank, she jumped out right onto the carpet. I started hyperventilating while my hero of a boyfriend dived in and scooped her up and put her back in the water. She looked like she was in a bit of a shock and sank right to the bottom, but after a couple of minutes she perked up. She swam back up and ate the pellets I offered her.

I got her to follow my finger while I checked her body for damage. The only damage I can see is on her fins, which are shredded, probably from flopping around on the carpet or being scooped up in the net. Her scales have no visible damage. What is my next step of action?

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Housing
What size is your tank?
1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?
78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes - a Whisper filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Nope.
Is your tank heated?
Yes. It has a Maritime 10w
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
No.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari Betta Bio-Gold Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Three pellets twice a day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
Twice a week - Sundays and Thursdays.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50% each time
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Conditioner - Nutrafin, if I remember correctly.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No. I need to, though.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
She has some torn fins. Looks like it's on the very tip of her anal fin.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Her behavior's still the same. She was slightly in shock, but she ate immediately when I offered food and seemed otherwise okay.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
She jumped out of the tank literally 30 minutes ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No, not yet. I'm thinking aquarium salt, but I'm not sure if that's necessary, or how much to treat her with.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Never been sick with me.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Not sure. I got her from a pet store. At least a year old, maybe. She looks fully grown.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:53 PM   #2 
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Bump? I tried to get pictures of her fin, but she doesn't stay still for long.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:06 PM   #3 
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I would just keep an eye on here to see if any fin rot occurs from the shredded fin. When I treat with AQ salt I usually use about 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water, I haven't needed anymore than that. But from what I heard on here the recommended is 1 teaspoon for every gallon of water and treat for no more that 7-10 days.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:08 PM   #4 
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keep the water clean, daily or other day water changes :)
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:11 PM   #5 
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Good thing I just changed her water. :) I'll keep an close eye on her fins. What's left is just hanging on by a few threads. Do you think it bothers her?
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:13 PM   #6 
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I don't think it does. My Veil Tail eats parts of his tail off when it gets longer than he wants and he swims around perfectly fine so I believe they have little to no feeling in their tails.
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No if it did she'd pull it off. ive had two tail biters and another attacked plus little lexi who arrived almost dead but they are all recovering lovely :)
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Alright, good! :) I'll keep you updated. She's her usual self, so I don't think she bonked her pretty little head too hard.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:05 AM   #9 
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Checked on her this morning when I fed her. She was acting and eating normally. Her fins have no evidence of rot yet - I plan on changing her water tomorrow morning. How big of a change should I do? I typically do 50% - should I do another 50% or a 25% or a 75% or what?
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:50 AM   #10 
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I had a CT, Pat, leap out once when I was reaching in to pull out the thermometer. He was in a 1 gallon. He just landed on the kitchen counter so it probably wasn't as far of a fall. I scooped him up and put him back in. The next day I put him in a 5 gallon since he obviously needed more room to dart around. He has been fine since and that was a month ago. I personally would go with your normal 50% change, every other day unless she shows signs of fin rot. You might want to throw in a 100% water change once a week since it is a 1.5 gallon. Different people have different opinions on that though. Her fin will grow back just fine though. :)
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