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Old 06-04-2011, 12:04 AM   #11 
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AUUUUUUGH! That Petco should be so closed down.

I know when another poster, Punki, had a sick fish who could not make it to the surface, she lowered the water to about an inch. They can survive in such small volumes of water (hence the reason they get crammed into tiny cups) that he should be okay.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:06 AM   #12 
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I don't know if you have a small heater, but I thought I would tell you about the Zoo Med heater I got for Chi Li from Petco. It's small enough for a one gallon tank so it won't over heat him. It really did help Chi Li. Once the water got warmer, he seems to improve a bit more. I am sure because he was so thin and cold he would not have made it without a heater for the added warmth.

I bought this one

http://www.petmountain.com/product/h...rm-heater.html

I just don't understand some stores. I have to say the Petco here takes great care of their fish. The two young girls that work in the aquarium section are very knowledgeable and really get on people who don't know what they are doing with their fish.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:08 AM   #13 
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I think as long as he's completely covered with water an inch would probably fine for now, not sure if with that little of water you'll have to do more frequent water changes, or if once a day would still be okay
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It makes you wonder how that Petco's other animals look, like their hamsters etc.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:10 AM   #15 
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Oh wow, that is a great little heater! I wish I had one tonight :( I will definitely be ordering/buying one in the near future! Did you find it at the store or order it online?

Going to lower his water now....praying I don't stress him out more than he already is...
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:11 AM   #16 
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Good point but he's got to be able to breath air too . . . dilemma . . . At least with that low of a water level, water changes should go super fast.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:11 AM   #17 
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just go slow and scoop out a little at a time so there's not too much movement
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:17 AM   #18 
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just go slow and scoop out a little at a time so there's not too much movement

This is exactly how I did it, he is down to about 1.5 inches of water. He is still laying on the bottom, but wiggling his fins and trying to swim when he saw me and I moved his bowl...
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:21 AM   #19 
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Sounds like he has some fight left in him still. That's good.

Oh, and Ianthe, welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:24 AM   #20 
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Oh yeah. Almost forgot. I've seen that heater at my local Petsmart.
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