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Old 09-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #1 
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OUT of WAter !!

Tanzinite went down the drain and was unable to breath for about 6 minutes. managed to get him out and back into his bowl. He is breathing, but not swimming. I am freaked out.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:45 PM   #2 
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Oh my gosh! I hope he gets better.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:45 PM   #3 
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He's probably quite stressed, leave the lights low and let him be. Check,on him often. Bettas can breath air for short amounts of time, so he was able to breath a bit. Keep is updated on him, what a lucky fish to have been pulled from the drain.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:56 PM   #4 
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Unless you had the water running, he was able to breath the whole time. Bettas don't breath under water at all, or if they do, it is not enough to survive. Just like dolphins, they have to come to the surface for air. They literally breath the same air that we do.
The bigger worry is any trauma to his slime coat, or if there were any toxic chemicals in the drain. Good thing you got him out. Keep the water at 78-80, and keep him dark like Pitluvs said. It is pretty much up to him at this point.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:56 PM   #5 
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My sisters betta was down the drain once too and was there for quite a while until her husband got home....he was okay amazingly.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:12 PM   #6 
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You guys sound like nice people! I will take all your advice and thank you so much. I have moved my little guy into the bathroom and have the light off.
The drain he went down had a garbage disposal at the bottom of the chamber. I could not run the water or he would have washed away. All his beautiful fins seem sort of stuck together. I was so afraid of squeezing him when I tried to pick him up. His predecessor died last month. He was old and had severe bug eye. Tanz is small and I suspect quite young. He is indigo with flashes of scarlett. I will keep you guys posted.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:36 PM   #7 
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um, how, dare i ask, did he even GET down the drain? o.O
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:23 PM   #8 
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um, how, dare i ask, did he even GET down the drain? o.O
My stupidity as i was changing his water. I feel terrible. He is still alive. but it looks grim. I will keep you guys posted.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #9 
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I have heard of bettas being dropped down the drain during cleaning time sadly. I would suggests a drain strained or cupping him in another room first. My guys have never sen the bathroom lol But I'm a little picky and ocd.
Hope he's doing better :(
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Maybe lower the water level a bit so it is easier for him to get to the surface.
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