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Old 10-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #1 
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New Rescue, Need Advice

So today I went to Petco to get some cuttlebones and long story short, I came out with a new rescue. I haven't gotten a new rescue in quite a while so I was hoping you guys can give me some quick advice. Sorry that this is so long but please give advice if you can.

First, I know how to acclimate after a water change but for a new rescue I know you have to do it a lot longer. Can someone give me more specific instructions?

Second, should I try and feed him so soon? And how much should I try to feed him if he'll eat? Last December when I got my last rescue I called my Petco to ask how much they feed their bettas because I didn't want to stuff him and I was told they fed them "a pinch and a half every other day". I normally feed my bettas 8 Hikari pellets everyday. How much should I feed him now and how do I adjust him to eating more long term?

Lastly, except for warm water, what else should I do for him? Since he's been in the ammonia filled cup should I change him water more often for a while? Should I cover his tank with a towel?

Here are some pictures of him. He's kinda active but he does lay there some. He has perked up a bit since I've gotten home. I wasn't planning to get a new betta so I need to clean his new tank. Should I try to float him in one of my other tanks? I've heard of doing that but my other boys flare a lot so I'm worried they would freak him out. Thanks for any help!
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I wouldn't feed him for at least a day, unless he is emaciated. I would recommend feeding him either NLS, Omege One, or Atison's Betta Food. 4 pellets max.

For acclimation:
-Let cup/bag sit for 5 minutes
-Pour about a spoonful of water into cup/bag *WARNING: DO NOT USE A METAL OR USED SPOON
-Repeat steps 1-2 for 30 minutes
-Net him and place into tank

You can let him acclimate for longer if he seems in a bad condition. For the next few weeks, slowly do bigger water changes. Stress is not fatal, but harmful for him at this point. Covering the tank with a towel is an excellent idea.

I hope I helped. Please tell me if I need to be more specific or answer any other questions ;)
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:23 PM   #3 
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Thanks for replying! :) Can you specify slowly? He's going to be in a 3 gallon. Normally for my 3 gallons I do 1 gallon on Tuesday and all 3 gallons on Friday. I can't get any other betta food right now so I'll have to use Hikari. Is that still four pellets max for now? I might try to see if he'll nibble on one tonight or in the morning.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:30 PM   #4 
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Hikari is fine for now. By slowly I mean do a 25% on Tuesday, a 40% on Friday, and get bigger until you hit 100%, and then you can stick to 1 gallon Tues, and all on Fri.
That's what I do for my rescues. Stress is not a good thing by any means, so going slowly would be best. I hope I am making sense :)
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #5 
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Ok, got it. :) Thank you!
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You're welcome! Let us know how everything goes :)
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:28 PM   #7 
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He seems to be doing well. :) I'm wondering how long I should keep him covered up with a towel?
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Probably until his stress calms down.
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How can I tell? He doesn't look clamped and he's exploring some. Last night he ate the couple pellets I gave him.
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If he's exploring, eating, and not clamped, I'd say it's okay to take the towel off, but if he get's stressed or runs hides.....you may want to put the towel back on.
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