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Old 05-26-2011, 01:07 AM   #1 
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Rescued Two Sad Petsmart Bettas - Help!

I'm new here, but I'm glad I found this site!

I'm the sort of person who has to look at everything when we go shopping, so we spent about an hour longer than necessary at Petsmart. On our way out, I stopped at the Betta shelf to take a look. A poor little female was just floating there. She looked pathetic, and she was so small. I felt horrible for her, so I bought her and an equally pathetic-looking male the next day.

Frog, the female, looks horrible. Something's wrong with her jaw (or whatever you call it in fish). She can't open it all the way, so I've been crushing her food to make sure she gets enough to eat. Her fins are torn and ratty and she's extremely thin. She's a pale white with black spots, but now that she's settled a bit she's starting to show some really pretty green and blue as well. I hope that, if she makes it, she'll be a fancy little girl.

Toad's my boy. I've never seen a fish so thin. He's got a voracious appetite and I'm scared I'll overfeed him. He gets two pellets three times a day and he absolutely wolfs them down. He's mostly white, but he's got some dull red covering parts of his body. It looks more like blood under his scales, but I can't be sure. Overall he's more active and in better health than Frog, but I'm worried about them.

I've got them in a divided ten gallon tank right now, with a filter and heater as well as several plants. Toad is doing well and adjusted really easily, but I'm worried for Frog. She is very weak and has some difficulty swimming, so I put her on the calmer side of the tank so she didn't have to swim very hard.

Neither have pooped yet despite eating, so I'm not sure if something's wrong. What can I do to help them? They're so sad looking, and I really don't want to lose them.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:14 AM   #2 
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oohhhh, that first baby! <3 so tiny, and sad-looking!

if you're worried about them not pooing, fast them for a few days. it should help out alot. i, personally, would take out the gravel, until you're sure they're doing good. but, that's just me.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:19 AM   #3 
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I would feed them a pea.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:39 AM   #4 
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Luimeril - They're so thin, though. Would it hurt them not to eat for a couple of days? I need to get a top-view of them; they look like twigs. I've only had them for two days now and I'm pretty sure no one fed them while they were at the store.

Carzz - Would a pea help?
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:45 AM   #5 
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Do Not use the pea method. It is dangerous.
If they aren't bloated, then give only one pellet a day for a bit or fast for two days.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:44 AM   #6 
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Your boy especially doesn't look thin. He definitely has a healthy little belly on him that shows you've fed him. :)

And are you -sure- they haven't pooped? Surely you can't watch them all the time and betta poops can be hard to find, especially in naturally colored gravel. I hardly see any in my girl's tank and I've got 5 of them in there. I've never caught my males popping a squat.

As for the pea method, I'm going to err on the side of caution with PewPewPew. However, it's suggested a LOT on yahoo answers as a method for unblocking blocked up fishies. I don't think you've got that problem. Your boy looks like he'll be fine and hopefully your girl just needs some TLC.

I wish you luck with both of them!
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:58 AM   #7 
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does the tank have a heater? very important
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:36 AM   #8 
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frozen daphnia is supposed to be a good laxative. not all stores seem to have it though, so may be a bit difficult to find. frozen and live foods in general would definitely be good for plumping them up
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frozen daphnia is supposed to be a good laxative. not all stores seem to have it though, so may be a bit difficult to find. frozen and live foods in general would definitely be good for plumping them up
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Live daphia will help out a lot if it's availible to you!
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:51 AM   #10 
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ohhh your petsmart is my petco.. simply a pathetic business. the last time i was in petco (they are the only place that sells the heaters i prefer), i saw that out of the 20 or so bettas 5 were floating in brown water. dead. they have the worst record of dead loss in their fish habitats that i have ever seen, and it makes me cringe just to drive by the place. the manager at my petsmart can usually be found smashing the invasive snails in their tanks or cleaning out the gravel himself (super helpful guy). he helped me bring King Louie (my first betta) back from ammonia poisoning after i rescued him from the bilge-water of a tank he was living in.
it seems to depend on the color of pellets you feed your fins, but the poo sometimes resembles a small curly-q in the gravel. mine poo a reddish brown from the mix of frozen bloodworm treat and pellet (1 pellet twice a day and 1 bloodworm once a day). i used to over-indulge because they're such monsterous beggars, until i saw Louie with a *ahem* dingleberry and Elvis with a growing gut. now i ignore their antics and stick to a strict feeding plan.. for the most part..
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