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Old 04-28-2011, 10:11 PM   #1 
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Stupid children!!

I'm in the middle of cleaning Titan's tank and I have him in a small betta cube on the computer desk, waiting until I can put him back in his tank. Now, my two year old decided it would be wise to go fishing and she caught him and pulled him out of the tank. As soon as we saw her, my husband rescued Titan and gave Emma a serious talking to. Now, I don't know how long he was out of the water for (no more than a minute, that's something I am sure of) and I don't know how hard she squeezed him. He's swimming around pretty listlessly, although all of his fins are functioning, which is a good sign. What should I do to keep the shock down and give him the best chance of survival?
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:16 PM   #2 
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I believe turning off the lights can help with stress, but I'm not sure what you can do besides making his tank dark
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:23 PM   #3 
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Alright, well, I'll try it. Darkness, a little bit of aquarium salt should help with the stress a little bit and everyone cross your fingers.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:25 PM   #4 
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Oh no! I hope your fish is alright. I'd turn out the lights but I would skip the salt. Salt isn't for stress; it's like fish medicine.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:28 PM   #5 
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Nono, it is for stress, as well as an effective medicine.

The best thing to do is keep him in his same tank water, keep it completely dark, keep him warm and add a bit of AQ.
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Thanks for the clarification, PewPew. I didn't know it was used for stress.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #7 
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Alright well he is in the same tank water he was in, still in the Betta block as I have to let the water temp in his tank adjust, and I put him on the floor of my closet. I didn't add anything yet, I will add about a quarter teaspoon of aquarium salt (he's in maybe a half a gallon water right now). Does that sound like too much, too little.. keep in mind he has never had salt in his tank before, I only use it in my larger aquariums (and rarely).
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:01 PM   #8 
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I'm sorry about your fishie!

A quarter teaspoon sounds fine for a half gallon.

As mentioned, do keep his tank dark, and if you can get some Betta Revive, from Hikari, I believe, that would help too.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:21 AM   #9 
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If you have any India almond leaves, they can help prevent stress and the tannins are good for promoting healthy fins and scales. If not, you can darken his water with decaff green tea...it may not be as medicinally effective as IAL (the tannins could be altered or inhibited by the high heat used to dry the leaves) but the dark water will help reduce stress.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:18 AM   #10 
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Well he is back in his tank now, all the lights in the living room are off, I did a little bit of salt and am keeping the fireplace on (his tank is on the mantle). As well I have the filter turned off for now to keep everything in his tank calm. He looks like he is all back to normal, swimming normally and he started a new bubble nest. =D

Now I guess it's time to upload pictures of his new tank.
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