The Miracle of a Rescue Betta
This is the story of a strong betta whom I've rescued.
In the cold autumn morning of October in 2016, I was waiting for the school bus talking to my friend and for some reason, something in my mind said to ask him if he had a betta fish. So I asked him and he said they had a fish but he didn't know what kind of fish it was. So I replied with "Let me come take a look at it."
After school, I went to his house into his parents room where the fish was being housed at. What I saw gave me chills. It was the most disgusting .5 gallon bowl I have ever seen! The water was so foggy that I didn't even think the fish was alive then. But I saw his beautiful sapphire blue scales glimmer in the light. I said it was a betta and I went to talk to his mother about the fish and how dirty the bowl was. She said that she had cleaned it the week before. Right..... so I asked her if the had a 'tank' that they can put him in instead. They did so we cleaned it out and settled him in there. All it had was a bubblier and a light that changed colors. Now she never turned on the lights in her room because she only goes there to sleep so the betta had really no way of telling when it was night or day. He was in the dark.
It is a month later and and a went to hang out with my friend and while I was over there, I went to go check on him. It had not been cleaned sense the last time I was over there to put him in the new tank. So I went to his mother to ask if she had cleaned the tank at all over the past month. Nope. Then it came to me that I don't know his name so after I was done asking her about when she last cleaned the tank, I asked her what his name was. She replied with "Oh we never gave him a name, but you can name it if you want to." I replied with Blueberry sense that was the only name I can think of off the top of my head. She replied with "Yeah, Blueberry, what a fitting name." After cleaning it, I left his house..
3 months later, I go check on Blueberry and I brought my cleaning supplies sense I was 99% sure they hadn't even thought about cleaning his tank. Sure enough, they didn't. I also decided to run a water test with the API pro test kit. Everything was not safe for the fish at all but what surprised me the was the ammonia levels. The little slip of paper that color coded what the water was was not even on the slip of paper. The highest reading was a green but the water was a very dark green. I was like how is he still alive!? I cleaned it and went on my way but I've decided to give them a 1 gallon tank with a filter that was 10 dollars at petsmart, I was very broke so this was a deal, and gave it to her. Yes I know that the tank was not the minimal requirements for housing a betta but it will do for now. Then I set up the new tank and went in my way.
It was then May of 2017 when I went to check on Blueberry, at the time, my friend had a baby brother and he couldn't say Blueberry he called him Blue and so that was his nickname. When I went to go see him, he had a big gash on the side of his face that looked infected so I was terrified. I immediately told his mother what Blueberry had on the side of his face. He obviously had no clue about it sense he had her light of and she never really checked on him. I then asked if I can take him home sense I had a 2.5 gallon tank that was not in use. She said yes and off I was with a new betta to go along with my 2 others.
When I got him home, I put stress coat + and an Indian almond leaf in his tank. Over the course of a few weeks, His gash got better and was starting to close up. I've had him for a few months and I had thought that they had forgotten about Blueberry at that point in time so i kept him. But my worst nightmare has came.
On the night of July 25, 2017, early signs of dropsy were becoming visible. I was immediate to put some kanaplex, a hardcore antibiotic, in his tank over the course of a week and I've been giving him daily salt baths to try to ease the pineconing put to now avail. But then it was all over.
At 5:16pm on July 26, 2017, he had passed away. He no longer had the suffer and was no longer in pain. He had passed into fish heaven and was happy. I gave him a funeral and buried him under a rock and had laid him to rest in a grave a foot deep. May he swim and peace the almighty Blue. <3