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I'm so glad he's doing better! I'm really rooting for you two! I'm so glad he seems to be slowly getting better!

Just read your update. When you do a water change do you do a 100% change and take him out? you might want to consider leaving him in when you change the water so he doesn't lose track of where he is in his tank.
 

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Yeah he hasn't moved at all since the 100% water change last night... Still alive though! Not eaten yet today... I sort of want him back up on his plant near the surface though, since I know he'll eat right off the surface... I'll be doing smaller water changes now. Thanks guys!
 

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Blind bettas are quite difficult to care for, at least until they get used to a routine. I have, currently, one blind betta, and one partially blind.
My very first suggestion would be to get freeze dried bloodworms an/or garlic soaked food. These are both going to 'stink' in the water, meaning that your fish can sense where they are due to the 'scent' they release.
Always always always make sure you buy some kind of food that floats! Do not buy sinking food, as this can be much harder for your fish to find, and much harder for them to catch. Blind bettas will not be able to see them sink, so they won't notice them and they'll dirty up your tank much faster than necessary.
Develop a schedule with your fish. Every time you feed, feed in the same spot of corner and gently tap the side of the tank a few times to alert your fish that food is coming. If he has a hard time finding it still, try taking a pair of tweezers and very gently waving a bloodworm or piece of food in front of him, not enough to cause a ton of ripples in the surface tension, but enough to show him where it is. Most blind fish will lunge or snap at their food because they can't see it. Be patient and be prepared to drop a good five-ten minutes into him daily for feeding alone.
Your next step in to keep him in a small tank. Why? Because the less room there is for him to get used to, the easier time he's going to have. My two are both in sparsly decorated five gallons. I recommend that size or smaller.
Do not heavily decorate your tank, and be absolutely certain that there is no place in or on your decorations where your fish could get caught or rip fins. Blind fish are going to slowly swim along the sides of your decor, not zip around and see exactly where they go, so they kinda feel their way. They're much more likely to tear those gorgeous fins on a tiny sharp corner or get caught in that spot a normal fish wouldn't. Silk plants or solid decors without hidey holes would be my choice. As far as color? Well, it's to your preference. It shouldn't matter to your fish either way, as it won't see them either way, so whatever you want to see in your tank is what to buy, as long as it's soft and not easy to get trapped in.
Next, do not move around your decor much when you clean. This will confuse the poor boy when you put him back in, and you want to avoid stressing your fish if you can!
I would say no filter, as your betta won't be able to see it and risks becoming stuck and ripping fins/dying because of it. A heater would be good though, to keep the water nice and warm to encourage fin growth, healthy fishies, and activity.
Another recommendation: buy a betta leaf hammock. You've already noticed that your fish rests a lot. Most blind bettas will. ;3 Nothing to worry about. Mine do too! The hammock will provide a nice place for them to rest with less effort.
I would add a little stress coat to his water with every change, just to give him a bit of a boost, and about once every two changes, drop in a crystal of aquarium salt too. Not much; one crystal ought to do just fine.
I've heard of people using pipettes to feed, though this hasn't worked for me. There are several other ways too, but the ways above are what's worked in my experience.
Any questions you have, you can reply here or PM about. ^^ I've owned blind bettas for over two years now. ;3
 

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Don't the people in the fish dept. Look at the fish? So glad you noticed and can give him what he needs. How about adding some Indian almond leaves when he goes into the larger tank?
Right?! He was in the very last row though, in the very back. So i have to assume that unless they're changing their water, they're not really looking. :C His cup was full of uneaten food too, which I have to assume means that no one even watches to make sure they eat... its sad.
 

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aaah thank you so much!

I have him in a 1 gallon right now with a sand substrate bottom (for resting on his belly) and 1 silk plant that doesn't take up much space. Its the same plant I used for my PetCo baby when she was a teensy tiny fry, so I know its safe for his fragile body too. Its heated to 80F but not filtered. (Its my hospital tank so its low stress).

A schedule! Ha! I already do that with all of my fish, AND my dog lol! Everyone gets fed at 9am when I get up, and everyone gets fed at 6pm when I get home, in the exact same place, every day! :D At least I'm doing something right :p He does LUNGE at his food (lunge being an understatement.) I'm pretty sure he thinks he's a flying fish...

I get what you're saying about the leaf hammocks. :) 3 of my (now) 5 bettas have betta tubes by ricepattyfish. I'm buying 1 more for my 10 gallon tank that has my female in it. So far the blind guy has been using his silk plant for a hammock! Its actually really nicely shaped and has scooped leaves that cradle him nicely, he just has a really hard time finding the right spot, poor guy... That is what he was resting on in all of my photos, and where he ate from the one time I got him to eat... I guess you can never have too many betta tubes!

He has API Fungus Cure in his tank right now, but should I add stress coat too? The water is also conditioned.

Also, his dorsal fin is rapidly deteriorating... I know he has body slime for sure now and am treating with said API Fungus Cure. My concern is now how ridig his fins are! All of his fins except for his pectorals are absolutely stiff as boards. They don't flow or bend whatsoever, even when he "swims". Do you know what might be causing this and how to treat for it? *will post to diseases thread too*

Thank you so much! I'm doing everything I can for this little guy, and he seems to be hanging in there.


STATUS UPDATE: He's moving more today, just a little. Its a good sign. :)
 

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Update!:
VISION RESTORED IN THE LEFT EYE!!!! He's now able to find his food with mild success and is EATING! OMG I'm so happy. You can tell because he tilts his head to the side to use his good eye to find the food. x3 Slime is also no longer simply falling away from his body and his eyes are slowly starting to clear up.

Now, to treat those stiff and deteriorating fins! >:C
 

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From what I've seen, a truly blind betta is relatively rare. Clearly they're undesired by most other than us fanatics who love our babies, lol, so (thank god) they don't breed them and sell them. They certainly can be challenging.
I mentioned in my last post that I have one partially blind betta. The blindness is usually caused by dragon scaling, in which case the scale actually grows over the eye and causes what we call 'diamond eyes'. A picture of my little guy Andrea, my fully blind betta, is below. Jack is the one I bought blind, who slowly recovered, which is his case, isn't actually diamond eyes. In some cases, because of the water quality in pet stores, they'll get an eye infection (such as Popeye, but instead, they get blinded) or a bacterial issue and become blind until their water quality is improved. It sounds like that may be happening with your little one. That's great!
Kudos to you for a good schedule with your pets! That's also great. The stability will make life a lot easier for him. In time, he'll be waiting for you to get up and feed or get home and feed. xD
It sounds like your plant is a perfect option for him to rest on. ;3 Your tank sounds good overall. I'd keep him on a schedule and keep doing exactly what you are right now. If you're already treating him for something, do not mix products. Wait until he's completely better, then give the water a week or so to cycle out with water changes. Then you can add a little stress coat. But do not mix products! Always a bad idea. xD The aquarium salt should be fine to drop in, but remember, only one crystal each water change or two. Not a whole ton. The dissolving salt can burn your fish, but one crystal won't hurt him. Too much will.
Other than that, all I can say is to try bloodworms. They're a great way to feed blind or impaired fish, and even if he fully recovers, they're a great supplement anyways. ;3 A lot of mine are on a full bloodworm diet despite the fact that they're labeled as treats. ^^ And they're all gorgeous fish!
Andrea, as promised, is my diamond eyed betta. He has colored in some since this picture was taken, the day I got him, but his other eye is now entirely blind too.
 

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Yeah I have bloodworms that I give to my other fish. I'm just waiting for him to get a little healthier before giving him bigger food. He seems to struggle with the regular pellets I give my other fish, so for now he's on the micro pellets until his vision is restored.

His vision impairment was clearly the result of an infection of sorts, since it seems to be coming back to him now. He's swimming around quite a bit today, and ate ALL of his food without aid. I'm going to continue the API Fungal Cure treatment until his next 100% water change. Then I'll switch him to AQ salt and stress coat. :)

Thanks for the help!
 

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Just went to pick up the Stress Coat at the same store I found him. His brother was still there with the same symptoms without blindness. I managed to also find the guy who comp'd him to me, so he took the sick little guy off the shelf to treat him properly.

Hopefully the other one makes it too :C
 
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