alright well ive always loved betta and never realy bought them because i was told you cant add any to another evn male/fem.
so i was at almary yesterday gettin myself a pleco for my heated goldie tank. and i noticed a few dead bettas. now i know walmart is horible about keeping fish but petco dont have plecos here. so anyways.. i started going thru the many many bettas and found tons dead and was setting them in the sink. i felt so bad i know there was 20+ dead fish and like 10 alive/half alive. i decided id rescue one. knowing at home i had many many larg tanks filters heaters from 20-50g just sitting in my basement and ik betta care. so i was lookin at the live ones.. every single fish they had evn the ones that just came in that morning were realy stressed and 90% had fin rot.. so i finaly picked out one.. was one of the only 2 w/o fin rot and he was pretty much the only one moving around. he was a red crown tail but from just a glance you can tell he wasnt the greatest condition so i addopted him knowing i might be able to nurse him back to health...
so i brought him home and i have him in a half gallon kritter keeper for temp wiel i let a tank cycle a bit [with some water and sand in it from my heated goldie tank] so ik i will have to do a water change probably was gona do a 100% every week [gime a heads up if thats bad. read around and sounds right] with a light above it [sence containers plastic] to heat up the water a lil atm his keeper is 75.5 degrees[th cycling tanks at 80deg]. i know thats a little bit low. but its bettr then 60 or below like he was in i did put him in the water wiel in the cup and let the waters adjust for a hour then put a lil but of his cup water down the sink [dumped it in a cup first so i didnt risk loosing him] and then put about the same amount of water [10-20%] from the keeper into his cup and let him adjust for another 2 hours. he seemed to like it once i put him in..
when i got my betta he was loosing his color badly [ill add a link for you to see] he was pretty silver around the body and some parts of the fin. but senc ehes been in the keeper hes going a pinkie color so hes slowly getting color back. he wont eat. tho ik hes getting accustomed to things and may not eat for a few days.. but he has these scab looking spots on his head i was ondering whats up witht that? is it kinda natural? stress induced? or is it a disease?
and was also wondering how can i help him un-stress? i have him in about the right water.. he has other fish in sight cause hes on a table atm in front of my goldies and he dont frill at them. they dont bother with him realy but also the lamp has a metal frame and he sees himself and frilled a few times at it. now he ignores it. [i heard thats healthy for them] he will soon have his own big tank [have a 10 and 20g cycling atm] he wont eat. but he did try to eat one pellet it fit perfectly in his mouth but he spit it out. also hes making bubbles in the corners kinda like a bubble nest but not close together. actualy its around almost half-3/4 the tanks edge but not any more then 2 bubbles wide. im not sure if thats a failed bubble nest attempt or breathing ^.^ any advice will help thanks
<a href="http://s1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/?action=view&current=001-2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/001-2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> this is the ride home he doesnt look as silver as he was [only his tail ans dorsal was red when i got him.]
<a href="http://s1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/?action=view&current=002-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/002-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> this is a head veiw. tho the scab looking things are actualy more of a brownish red
<a href="http://s1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/?action=view&current=003-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z376/pyro_fiend/003-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> and heres a side veiw. you can see hes starting to go pink but his tail still has gray in it. hes almost exactly this color still