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Old 04-28-2011, 12:17 AM   #1 
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My betta was bloated so I put him in a 1/2 gallon container with epsom salt. Less than two hours later he was staying at the top breathing through his mouth instead of his gills, his eyes were fogged over and his fins had lost color. My boyfriend suggested that I had better pull him out of that water because it was obviously killing him. Hes back in the ten gallon swimming like he's blind, but his eyes are slowly returning to normal. I don't have a test kit, but the water he's in is the same I used in the 10 and another half gallon when I just changed them minus the salt. The only think I can think of is that maybe the epsom salt I was given wasn't pure epsom salt like I was told. Is there anything else I can do for him?
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:51 AM   #2 
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try aquarium salt vs the epsion ... its 1/2 tsp per gallon i believe ....

also i suggest doing a complete water change, make sure u have a heater and keep it kind of dim for a couple days and fast him for atleast a day and see if that helps...

also theres a sticky in the main emergency forum, for better help fill that out...
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #3 
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Where did you get the salt? Did you premix it? How much did you dose? Did you remember to add conditioner?

Just trying to figure out all the possible scenarios.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:02 AM   #4 
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Where did you get the salt? Did you premix it? How much did you dose? Did you remember to add conditioner?

Just trying to figure out all the possible scenarios.
My grandmother via someone else bringing it to me. I let it dissolve in the .5 gallon before I took him out of the 10. I used 1/4 tsp because I thought I had read to use 1/2 per gallon... He's back in the 10, and still floating at the surface mouth up tail slightly down. Honestly after all the confusion I can't be 100% on the conditioner...
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:07 AM   #5 
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Hmm… it could have possibly been missing conditioner, but who knows. The important thing is that he improved.
Any change in behavior/appearance since the last post?
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:13 AM   #6 
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Still pale in the fins(turquoise instead of royal blue), eyes are opaque(can barely see the pupil, but he did swim more although I don't know if that's improvement or reaction to the light being turned off and then back on again.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:23 AM   #7 
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I would just keep an extra sharp eye on him. He may have just suffered a bit of a shock but he should be fine.
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I hope so turtle because this little guy looked about two fin strokes from deaths door when we first noticed it...
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At least you noticed it, it could have been much, much worse if you hadn't noticed until morning or something.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:42 PM   #10 
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Dobby's eyes look almost normal again and he's swimming but not as much as usual. Is it common for their scales to look a little dried out after something like this? The scales on his back seem to have a few white points sticking up off of them.
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