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Old 07-19-2011, 12:23 PM   #11 
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Sakura8 is giving you some good instruction. Also just as FYI since you seem to be new with bettas...once he is in a warmer environment, his natural colour will probably deepen. So if you see any colour change such as this, it's ok. Keep an eye on the whitish areas.

Try not to over feed. When bettas are well, they eat and eat. I have lost a couple from constipation that is caused by overfeeding. As well, I had read elsewhere that bloodworms are definitely only to be used as a very occasional treat as they will cause constipation (anyone else more knowledge about this fact?)

Good luck with helping your new fish.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:25 PM   #12 
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Fins are most definitely ratty Theres pieces of them floating around in the cup

heres another picture of the gills but still not that great. If thats just the color thats a relief
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:27 PM   #13 
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Aaahh yeah, those white/shiny spots seem to be just his scales :)
Aquarium Salt will help with the torn fins. :)
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:54 PM   #14 
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What a unique color! I love him, he's gorgeous. The white stuff is either the natural coloring on his gill covers or possibly excess mucous from his slime coat, as youlovegnats suggested. In fact, I think I see some coming off on his chin, too. It could also be some ammonia burns. Either way, I wouldn't worry too much about it right now. If it's excess mucous, then there's not much you can do, it just means his slime coat went into overproduction to help him ward off infection/parasites etc. If it's ammonia burns, they should heal with aquarium salt. The red on his gills are from ammonia burns, at least as near as I can tell. Clean warm water will do wonders for this guy.

Can you describe his behavior at all? Is he breathing heavy? Does he lay on his side or seem to struggle to reach the surface?
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:00 PM   #15 
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I don't have much room to put a tank so I was wondering if bettas are fine with vertical tanks or would they be unhappy? This isnt even a tank but I saw this vase and it seemed like itd be kinda cool to use. Heres a picture, if not I'll get something else. i think its about 2 feet high
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:02 PM   #16 
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Hmm, bettas have trouble swimming up and down because of their heavy fins. Longer and shallower is best for a betta.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:09 PM   #17 
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Def. too big. Try getting those "critter carriers" from a local pet store. They're pretty cheap.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:17 PM   #18 
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Betta do need an open surface area to breath. A container that short and long is definitely better. If all you have is something that may be a little deep, put a stone (smooth) or something that will act like a ledge into it, closer to the surface that your betta can rest on top.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:24 PM   #19 
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Yeah, you can get a pretty good-sized critter carrier/kritter keeper at Petco for not too much. They have a hole that you can thread the heater cord through. I would suggest Aqueon Minibow 2.0 or 5.0 at Petsmart.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #20 
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minibooooooowwww!!!! My little Smir loves his :3
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