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I thought it would be interesting to log my feelings on the new little one I brought home this past Monday. I told myself I wouldn't get another Betta for at least a year, but when I saw a little true red VT with obvious signs of swim bladder disease struggling to swim @ the pet store close to my work, I changed my mind.

This is Remedio's story.
 

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Homecoming (12-12-11)

I had an extra long lunch this day, and somehow managed to find my way into the local pet store closest to my work. While there, I couldn't resist looking at the Betta's. As I was glacing, I noticed some movement on one of the top shelves. There, in a cup labeled "Male VT" was a little red guy struggling to swim on his side, it was quite apparent that he had Swim Bladder disease; not only that, but what fins he hadn't lost to Fin Rot were ragged. I cringed at first, and then my heart started "bleeding" (so they say) when I saw the look on his face as he was trying to swim. I had to go back to work, but he occupied my thoughts for the next four hours I had remaining at work, I knew what I had to do.

I wasn't sure he would survive the night; but I figured I would take him home and, at least, give him a few moments of rest in his final hours. I went to Walgreens, bought some epsom salt, and then went back to the pet store. When I got there, I carried up the smallest critter keeper I could find, a net and thermometer to the register and went back to get the little guy and pay. I first carried out my supplies and grabbed a sweater I had laying around in the back seat of my car. I wrapped his cup in it, carried him to my car and made the 30 minute trek home. I was sure if the stress of being transported didn't kill him, that the hike up the two flights of stairs to my apartment would.

I kept him wrapped in a sweater the whole time, until I made it into my apartment. I placed his cup on my dryer and slowly raised my sweater, expecting to reveal a dead fish. However, he was still alive, and struggling to swim! I got up and immediately started acclimating him to a stress coat/ epsom salt mixture. He seemed to perk up immediately, but I still wasn't getting my hopes up.

After acclimating in and putting him in the small critter keeper I had bought, I wrapped the tank in a towel, to keep him warm, and tried to go to sleep.

I didn't sleep well at all that night, opening up the towel in the morning was almost the equivalent of opening a present on Christmas.

I was delighted to see a fish, very curiously peering at me from the top of the critter keeper that morning. He still had a slight "bob" to his swim, but he was swimming and no longer wasting energy struggling.
 

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Day 1: 12-13-11

Excited by his progess, I go to Petsmart after work to look at larger tanks for him.

The lady who is usually there when I come recognized me, and noticing the tank and heater in my hands, asked if I had gotten another one. I replied "Yes" and told her about him. "What, did you feel sorry for him? was her only reply. She tried to convince me that he had a bacterial infection, and tried to recommend BettaFix to me. I shot her down, repeating my question about the heater I had in my hand.

I left frustrated, and anxious to get home and see if he was still doing well. After my whole encounter with the Petsmart lady, I decided to take some pictures and post them on bettafish.com, to make sure I wasn't missing anything I should be treating him for. I got a lot of lovely replies, validating my instincts.

I did a 100% water change with stress coat and 1 tsp epsom on this day, even though he still wasn't bloated, to be on the safe side.
 

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Thank you so much! He sure is! He's been with me 3 days now. I plan on getting all my posting caught up before bed.. :)

I can't wait to heart more about Remedio. I hope he's getting along ok.
 

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Day 2: 12-14-11

Waking up to find Remedio stronger than ever! I was delighted by this, and figured it was time to move him out of the laundry room, and into the dining room. I thought a little stimulation would do him good.

After work I went back to petsmart and bought a 1 gallon tank and a 25 watt Top Fin water heater.

I was so excited to see that Remedio had blown a few bubbles in his hospital tank in my absence.

I set up the 1 gallon tank with regular tap water and the heater. Planning to test out how well it warmed the water and make sure the water placed in it didn't smell terribly of leeched rubbed after a night of working. I figured the poor dear deserved it, after all he had been through.

I did another water change, but this time with just plain stress coat as an additive. I felt the epsom wasn't needed, since he wasn't bloated anymore. I made plans to feed him his first meal the next morning.
 

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Day 3: 12-15-11 (A day of milestones)

I had planned to feed Remedio his first meal this morning.

Using New Life spectrum pellets, I placed three in the palm of my hand, dipped my finger into his tank water and attached one to my finger, (The same thing I do for Bowie). He was still too unsure of me to eat right from my finger, so I shook it off. Two of the three pellets floated, and the other one started to sink, but he raced to catch it, hungry boy didn't miss a bite! After his first meal he did a little "S" dance, so cute!


I figured I would leave the new tank with the heater set up while I was at work and check it when I got back from work again, to be safe.

When I got home, I took a picture, to mark his progress. I notice the area at the bottom of his anal fin, that was black when I first brought him home has cleared up nicely.

I poured some of the water out of the new tank I wanted to put him in tonight. But, after both myself and brother detected a rubbery smell to the water, I'm not going to risk taking him out of the critter keeper tonight. Going to continue covering his tank with a towel at night, to keep in warmth, until I figure out what to do about the heater situation. I'm also going to buy a plant to make his little home a tad bit more comfortable when I go and raise heck at petsmart about the heater tomorrow. :p

He had another three pellet meal this evening, since he hadn't bloated from his meal this morning. Gobbled up those pellets mightly fast, in the same way he did this morning.

Using only stress coat with his water change tonight, getting optimistic that his fin rot will clear up on it's own, with clean water now. I figure I'll decide if I want to use AQ Salt on Sunday.

Concerns: He still hasn't pooped, since his homecoming I'm hoping his meals today will help with that.
 

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I hope the fix that heater. Also nice to see that he has been improving on his conditions. I hope he enjoys that 1 gallon!
 

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You go Remedio!!

I had one fish like that and had an empty tank at the time so decided to try to give him a shot at recovery. He was so ragged I called him Brillo. He turned out to be one of the most gorgeous fish I owned.

I have a feeling that Remedio will have the same outcome with all of that TLC you're giving him. Good luck.
 

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Thanks so much, kfryman!

I returned the heater and purchased another one online, which should be here tomorrow. :)

And I'm sure he'll enjoy the extra room. I haven't put him in there yet, since I still don't have a heater, and think it would be unfair to give him all that room just to take it away when I need to test the heater to see how it'll work in that size tank.

It's not a permanent home, but it'll do until he's out of the woods with the fin rot.

I hope the fix that heater. Also nice to see that he has been improving on his conditions. I hope he enjoys that 1 gallon!
 

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Thank you, Romad!

I'm so glad to hear Brillo had someone like you to take care of him. I'm sure Remedio's fins are going to be beautiful when they grow back, his color seems to only be getting a more beautiful, pronounced red by the day.

You go Remedio!!

I had one fish like that and had an empty tank at the time so decided to try to give him a shot at recovery. He was so ragged I called him Brillo. He turned out to be one of the most gorgeous fish I owned.

I have a feeling that Remedio will have the same outcome with all of that TLC you're giving him. Good luck.
 

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Day 4: 12-16-11

Ladies and gentlemen, we have poop!

It's almost like Remedio read my "concerns" blurb from yesterday's update. I woke up to find poop and then saw a bit more when I arrived home from work. There was also an attempt at a tiny bubble nest when I came home as well.

I returned the malfunctioning heater this evening, and got the elite submersible

http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Submers...X8QG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324095221&sr=8-2

since I had heard good things about it; It should be here tomorrow. I'm going to immediately test it out in the 1.75 gallon I purchased today, and Remedio should have his new temp home ready by Sunday morning.

I did a 100% water change today, with stress coat as an additive. Remedio also had two three pellet meals today. Boy has a voracious appetite, which may or may not have contributed to his swim bladder trouble in the first place. I'll be having none of that! Though, I do believe I'll sneak in an extra pellet with his breakfast tomorrow morning. I do want to work him up to eating the same amount as Bowie, and am trying to do that slowly. Seeing as how he hadn't pooped until I started feeding him, I'm not sure when his last meal was before he was in my care, don't want to stress his system too much. However, maybe I'm being a bit too cautious?

Anyways, I believe I've covered everything exciting that happened in the world of Remedio, today. So, I'm off to go to bed and sleep for many hours, it's been quite a week and I, personally, am so glad the weekend is here.
 

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LOL! Thanks! I know it might seem a little silly. But even though he's been acting fine, it still kind of eases my mind that everything is functioning normally and I can see there's nothing in it that would indicate anything wrong going on internally with him. :)

I'm glad he finally pooped. lol
 

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Day 5: 12-17-11

New fin growth is really neat to see.

I first saw real evidence of it after my posting yesterday, while I was getting him to follow my finger. His anal and caudal fins have real evidence of regrowth, so exciting!

The elite submersible heater came in the mail today. I've had it in Remedio's new tank, filled with tap water, to test it out. So far, it's been working (according to the digital thermometer I purchased) It's been steady at 79 degrees. I'm going to see how it works this evening, and see what temperature I wake up to in the morning before I put Remedio in. I also want to make sure the water currently in the tank passes my "smell test"

Having the day off has been great. I really got a chance to observe and kind of play with Remedio for the first time since I brought him home. He's been really active today, but I think he kind of poops himself out, because every once and awhile I'll take a look at him and he'll be resting at the bottom of his tank. His upgraded tank with the heater and everything in it is on a small table next to his hospital tank, he's been looking at it excitedly all day; I feel like a terrible tease, but he should be in there by tomorrow evening. He's also figuring out that my finger ='s food time. He's starting to get closer to me when I feed him, still every cautiously though. I'm also really impressed with the little "mini" bubble nests he's been building. He's built at least three in the five days.

I kind of had a moment today. Preparing a more comfortable temporary home for him, and really looking at him had me concerned about his fin rot. I didn't want to put him in this larger tank, if I would have start up AQ salt treatments, and freaked out a bit. But, his fins have been growing back, and he certainly hasn't gotten any worse since his homecoming, and I plan to keep taking daily pictures and keep a hawk eye on his progression, so if it gets any worse, I'm confident I'll notice it.

I do believe I'm going to just go on ahead and put him in the larger tank tomorrow evening; and then maybe switch to doing water changes every other day, and see how he does on that.

He did get a four pellet breakfast this morning and a three pellet dinner today. 100% water change with just stress coat added.

Can't wait to post pictures of him in his new home tomorrow!
 

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Thanks so much, DQ! I do agree, the fresh water is helping him greatly. I sure do hope he'll be fine, though all signs at this point, say that he will. :)

Keeping him in clean water is definitely helping him. I think he'll be fine. :)
 

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Day 7: 12-19-11

Remedio is officially out of his hospital tank!

I put him in the new 1.75 bowl last night. I decided to leave his ornamental silk plant and little house in there to start off with. However, with his evening feeding; I began to realize keeping the bowl clean with the house would be a bit of a challenge.

The new heater does work; however, figuring out the correct place on the dial to put it has been a pain. I followed the instructions, but turned the temp control dial up, to get it closer to 80 degrees.; However, I wound up waking up to an 84 degree tank yesterday morning. (This was before I had put Remedio in the new tank). That whole thing kind of freaked me out, so I turned the dial down. This morning, I woke up to a colder than expected tank, and a 70 degree apartment. (Figures we had another cold front). I managed to get things worked out, though.

He really seems to enjoy his new home, though. He's been swimming around like mad and exploring everything.

This evening I did another 100% water change. Remedio ate well, (as per usual), and all seems well. I moved him to a more sable location on a shelf. It's not a permanent place for him, but I figure I'll be able to find an appropriate table to put the bowl he's in after Christmas. I'm going to be looking for one that would also be large enough to house a 5 gallon tank, which I aim to have him in once he's out of the woods with the fin rot.

I really have to look into nice and slow filters before I purchase another tank, though. The top fin aquarium I have Bowie in; has a light that's inappropriate (caused major algae problems) And has a filter that's way too powerful for a Betta. I'd prefer to have something with an outflow I don't have to baffle and with an intake I don't have to worry about damaging fins. Should probably start doing research, like........NOW! But first, I should probably work on finding a better table or case to put Remedio's new home on.

Starting tomorrow, I'm switching to every other day water changes. It's been exactly a week since Remedio's homecoming. I really can't believe he's the same little one I brought home a week ago pale, and swimming on his side with fin rot.
 

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Thanks so much, DQ! I'm the one who feels lucky to have taken him home. I took some pictures today, and can't wait to post them a bit later; So pleased with his progres. :)

He's responding to all the TLC he's been getting. He's a lucky little guy. :)
 
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