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post #21 of 1082 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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What a long week. I wasn't home for several days, except to pop in once a day to feed the fish ans water the plants. I was afraid Phil would bite again since he was down to 1 meal a day and didn't get frd at all yesterday. It looks like he bit just a little, much better than I expected. He did almost take my finger off when I gave him his dinner.

I got him a new silk plant and, gasp, I got him a small anubias. I've been wanting to try live plants for awhile. I can't believe I spent $6.99 on it. I had dreams it would grow quickly. Today it's not looking so great. Two of the leaves have brown spots. I took it out of the tank and put it in a seperate container do it wouldn't contaminate the water. None of the tank lights were on while I was gone. The tanks get natural light during the day. I thought anubias was a low light plant but maybe it needs a little. I need to figure out better lights because both tanks have low light.

Poor Phil was like "wait, where are you going with my plant?" When I put it in he looked at it and showed interest. This is contrary to when I put the moss ball in and he flared. Hopefully the anubias recovers quickly so it can go back in.

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post #22 of 1082 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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My boss found two abandoned bettas today. They were both in small bowls and in very little, very dirty water. Typical gravel and 1 small plant. They are both lethargic. I took the red vt. At lunch I ran him home, added Prime and set up the 2 gallon qt. I left him in his bowl but added about 12 ounces of water to get acclimation started. His water is disgusting. Obviously hasn't been changed in forever and lots of uneaten food. It was so dirty I haven't been able to get a good look at him to see what's going on. My coworker thinks he had white spots on him. If he does have ick, I'll raise the water temp. I already added aquarium salt to his new tank. Hopefully he makes it.
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I acclimated the rescue tonight. I put him in a cuo to float in the new tank for about half an hour. I added some of my water slowly. When I released him he sat half in the cup and half out for several minutes. Poor thing didn't know what to do. And he may also be a weak swimmer.

The temp is up to 84 to help with the ick, which he definitely has. I also added aquarium salt and Prazi. I saw him poop a white string so I'm going to go ahead and treat for internal parasites. I'm mostly worried about white string he has around hjs tail. I posted in the disease section to get some input.

I had to rob Phil of his thermometer and Ruby of her terra cotta planter. Phil, who dislikes change, swam around frantically while giving me the "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY TANK" look. I'll buy replacements tomorrow.

For now rescue is covered with a towel to help him adjuat. Hopefully he makes it through the night.

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Goodness! Poor guy. Good luck to you. We're they just abandoned somewhere?
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Thanks. I work in property management and someone abandoned them during an eviction. My boss had to do an inspection and found them.

Ok I can't help it, I'm checking on him.....

He's floating at the bottom of the tank. He's upright so that's good.

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Doing ok

Rescue is doing ok. He's at the top of the tank but seems to be a weak swimmer. I'm having trouble keeping the temp stable. I have a preset heater in that tank. The temp when he went in was 84 to help with the ick. I had to unplug the heater last night because the temp raised to 88. This morning it's down to 78. It wouldn't be a problem except I need the temp around 84 for ick.

Today I'll look for an adjustable 25 watt heater. I may also try to find something shallow to move him to. He seems ok but I want to make sure he doesn't have trouble getting air.

And since he made it through the night he needs a name! So far I'm thinking Solstice or Garnett.

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SIP Phil (9/2014-11/15).

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I've decided rescue's name is Killian. He is doing so much better. He ate breakfast and dinner and even chased a pellet that fell. He had more energy after breakfast which makes me wonder when they fed him last. I thought he had been overfed due to his water conditions. He has pooped several times. They are normal so internal parasites are out. I'm not seeing any ick on him. I cleaned his entire tank to make sure I got any that had fallen to the floor. I felt horrible cupping him 24 hours after I got him in clean water but we both made it.

His gills are red. Probably ammonia burns. He also has several fin tears. His old plant was probably the culprit. I took great joy throwing the gravel and plant out this morning. I'm not sure what to do with the bowl. What was one do with a fish bowl that is too small to house a living creature? My mom mentioned putting seashells in it and turning it into a decoration.

I picked up a silk plant package from Petco while I waa buying a replacement thermometer for Phil's tank. Now everyone has an extra plant. And I've easily spent the majority of the extra money I had from house sitting on these fish. I had other plans, especially since other expenses have come up. Oh well. Killian still needs an adjustable heater. I think I'll order it tomorrow.

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Killian is going to be one happy guy now that he has you!
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Thank you, heidispice. The funny thing is I had been thinking about getting another betta the day befor Killian was dropped on my desk. I never thought I'd be prepared for a true rescue but I've proved myself wrong. :)

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Ruby

I got Ruby back in April. Easter to be exact. I say she was an accidental purchase but really I went into Petco hoping a betta would feel right. I had her in a 2 gallon but upgraded her to a 5 gallon the next day. This lucked out for Killian because he is temporarily calling that tank home.

Ruby is my happy, healthy girl. She doesn't have any issues, other than she is super active and I worry about keeping her entertained. She will chase my finger and bite at the glass. She's adorable. And can't figure out why the boys get so much attention.
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