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Old 04-24-2011, 10:25 PM   #1 
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Return from Easter weekend... BIG sad face :(

If you know me and/or my fishies Ruto and Jabu-Jabu, you know they share a 10 gallon tank separated into 5 gallon halves. Ruto is my lil girl who I've been trying to perk up since bringing her home from the pet store and Jabu-Jabu is my obviously very feisty male.

My fiance and I went to his family for easter weekend. Upon returning home this evening I found Jabu-Jabu and Ruto in the same half. Jabu was swimming around blowing bubbles and Ruto was hiding in the cave. She must've jumped the separator in the VERY back of the tank where the hood is open, which was a lucky or skilled jump for her. O_O

Both of them had very torn up fins and Ruto's colors were very pale. I rushed to get her into her own space and they both seem to be okay... I hope they will be okay from all this. D:

I can't tell if there's any baby betta fish yet... I really hope not. That would be unfortunate.

Any suggestions on how to make sure they'll be alright?
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:36 AM   #2 
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Somebody doesn't like their neighbor Can they see each other through the dividers? If they can and it doesn't bother them, I would just worry about the fin damage. Ruto might just be pale from stress, wait a day or too. I would try some aquatic salt for the fins. Good luck!
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:04 AM   #3 
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Both of them, despite their fin damage, seem to be alright. They happily munched a bloodworm treat.

If they can see each other, it's minute at best. It's a mesh divider. They'd be seeing through super tiny holes or perhaps just each other's shadow. I'm going to see about getting a completely opaque divider today. I don't want my babies' getting into any more fights. D: Jabu-Jabu's tail was split in half and poor Ruto looks like she got tossed into a shredder..
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #4 
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I'm sorry that happened. :(

If you're scared there's babies, I'd destroy the nest. It'll be better than unsuccessfully trying to raise them.

I hope they get better. Clean warm water and some aq salt should fix them up. :)
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:30 PM   #5 
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:( Aww I hope they both feel better soon.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:58 PM   #6 
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Thats horrible! Ive always been catious in whether to put 2 betta in 1 tank. Try getting a better seperator
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:25 PM   #7 
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Thats horrible! Ive always been catious in whether to put 2 betta in 1 tank. Try getting a better seperator
That's exactly what I went out and did today, at least in terms of making it more stable. I can't make it bigger but I can ductape the hole in the back of the hood.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:49 PM   #8 
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Take care to keep the tank under 78' (76-77'), keep it clean and dark while those fins heal..

Add in at least 1tsp/gallon of AQ salt to ward off infection, seeing as how she looks like she was shredded. 2-3tsp/gallon should be implemented if/when you begin to see fuzzy fins.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:58 PM   #9 
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Why under 78?
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:29 PM   #10 
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76-77' range discourages bacterial growth while still being comfortable enough for a betta to live comfortably in :) Heh, if they could live in it, youd be well off knocking it down as low as you could go, but keeping them comfy is just as important while trying to get them better.
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