Okay, I trudged over to the pet store, and found 2 healthy bettas (left there as they WILL find homes), one with minor fin rot (water had been recently changed though), and 3 males and 2 females.
So, looking them over, chose Juniper (yep :) ) over the other two males. Why? Not only have his fins been chewed down by tiny fish like neon or ember tetras, he has fin rot AND his body is VERY VERY stiff. I'll have him ASAP on AQ salt and warm, clean water!
Now, looking at the others since I wanted to rescue two. The dalmation, was such a beauty... but, rescue over healthy... so no. Didn't get him. Then I look over and go, "another empty bowl?" I looked in and WRONG. not empty. a tiny, barely over a half inch baby "female" betta. Her fins, were clamped. Fin rot is apparent. Caudal fin is missing a chunk.
And... Dorsal fin GONE with a HOLE in her BODY. The hole is filled/covered with white fuzz, which I can only assume is rot/slime coat mix.
I've speed-walked home, holding them to let them take all the heat (hands freezing x.x) Now I have them in my sauna-of-a-bedroom covered in a quilt and leaned against two pillows, until I get their quarantine containers ready.
1. The male's stiff body I am not familiar with. Is it just from cold, stagnant water?
2. The female, now named Sarah, what is the hole from? another fish? or fin rot?
Well, I've watched a betta suffer in the store (I couldnt get him) with mouth fungus. he had it on his mouth, then fins, then bursting sores over his body. Hers... I dunno. I'll try getting a photo, but my camera needs batteries and my ipod takes bad pictures. Even if I can get a video of my poor Sarah!
The male might be a butterfly. or, it's fin rot o_O or both he is not a terrible worry, he is a medium severe, she is a major severity.
I took ipod pics, and you can see the fuzzy spot where the hole is, you can see she lacks any dorsal fin. she has no color either o.o
As for the male, he is very stressed, stress stripes and all. I don't blame him. I covered his container with syran wrap (with a space for air to get through) so it stays warm and humid. Neither betta has true color, or barely any color. He, might be a blue. I cannot tell. D: she is a "no clue probably none". Okay, so, there are no fuzzy spots, sores, gashes, or anything elsewhere on Little Sarah
also I wish I could resize the pics so it was more defined.
Last edited by Sena Hansler; 01-02-2012 at 03:15 PM.
Hm. Are her fins black or frayed at all? It could be Fin Rot, but it could certainly be from another fish. Keeping the male in dark warm water is the best thing you can do for him right now but, you're right. The female is your main concern right now. You say "fuzzy spot"? To me, that sounds like the hole could have been caused by a fungal infection, but I'm unclear as to whether or not you mean "fuzzy" in terms of photo quality or appearance of your fish.
I'll draw ya (did draw a rough simple non-intricate drawing) a picture, and it'll show you the missing piece, the fuzz spot, and fast-written details Fuzzy, as in both? xD The pictures suck, yes I am sorry D: The fuzzy, is on my girl too
I'll make another one once I find a pen, for more of a detailed look
Also, the fins are clear as were my other 4 females I have. however, there are some spots that are deteriorating (not seen in picture, spots, on fin) there is a huge chunk missing, and the top one I found a single strand of fin left
secnd picture added
Last edited by Sena Hansler; 01-02-2012 at 03:46 PM.