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i think Gimpy has a bit less tail than your boy did. only diff is, Gimpy has one sliver of tail in tact, but it's so thin, doesn't do much good. i'm glad your boy pulled through, he's amazing now.
 

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I also just walked into walmart today, against my better judgment, needing to check for an item. I ended up walking by the pet section. Oh god. The betta cups were FILTHY and the poor fish looked like they were prisoners on death row. And I guess that's not too far off. It wasn't just the betta cups either. Their community fish tanks were also horribly grungy. Is it really so much effort to take a little care to make a living creature's existence at least bearable?

Some days, I really want to just grab these people and shove them into a tiny little box where they have to live in their own excrement and have all of three feet to walk around in.
Amen!! Preach it!
 

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Oh wow hopefully your guy lives a long happy life.And thank you Mizu apperciates all the complements he gets maybe if I tell him he got a complement he won't be so cranky today he has been such a cranky old man he refused to flare at anything and usually he flares when I put something by his tank insted he just swam around like normal.
 

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thanks. Gimpy don't flare right now. he don't feel up to it. he's just chilling in the corner right now, poor fella.
 

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day 2, and he's still alive. but, every time he gulps air, bubbles come out of his right gill. D: is that normal?
 

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It doesn't sound normal. D: But I'm new to betta fish keeping, so IDK.

Yay that he's made it to day 2 though!
 

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i hope it's normal. he's not nearly as active today, but he's moving his peccy fins and trying to swim. maybe he explored a bit last night, and is resting. i'm gonna try to pick up a heater at the pet store soon for him. and, maybe one of those leaf hammocks, too. he's gonna be a spoiled betta. now, he just needs an actual name!
 

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I hate Walmart and Petsmart. Their care of the bettas is horrible. Petco is the only store close to me that takes good care of their bettas and every now and then even they slip up. Most of my bettas are from Walmart and Petsmart though because I feel the need to save some. I know people are going to keep buying them so they aren't going to stop carrying them so at least I can give 1 or 2 (each trip :shock:) a good home. Me and my husband have gone so far as to give some of the bettas water changes since no one is ever in that section when we are there anyway. I could go on forever about all the things that make me angry about them!

I hope Gimpy pulls through!!! I will be rooting for him!!
 

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this walmart doesn't even have a fish section! it's the Pet Supply Aisle! they crammed all the cups(that are nice sizes, imo, but should be filled more than "less than halfway") where they usually have the empty 10 gallons(my main reason for going to the pet supply aisle). i was horrified to see that they got them in, because the other manager stopped ordering them, because he knew they couldn't care for them properly!

the nearest petsmart is hardly any better. last time i went there, the bettas ALL had SBD. i got the only one who didn't, and he died that night. :/

Petco has WONDERFUL bettas, all in crystal clear cups, all active and healthy. there was ONE dead boy, but he was taken care of the moment i brought it up, and the guy apologized for that. :3

thanks. i hope Gimpy knows how many people he has rooting for him.
 

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I hate Walmart and Petsmart. Their care of the bettas is horrible. Petco is the only store close to me that takes good care of their bettas and every now and then even they slip up. Most of my bettas are from Walmart and Petsmart though because I feel the need to save some. I know people are going to keep buying them so they aren't going to stop carrying them so at least I can give 1 or 2 (each trip :shock:) a good home. Me and my husband have gone so far as to give some of the bettas water changes since no one is ever in that section when we are there anyway. I could go on forever about all the things that make me angry about them!

I hope Gimpy pulls through!!! I will be rooting for him!!

Hehe I might try changing the water at my Walmart thats a wonderful idea ;)
 

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aawww.... Remy's exploring as best he can. he found out there's an underside to the Almond Leaf, and chilled there for a little bit, then explored a bit more before letting himself float up, grabbed a bit of air, and went back to exploring. <3
 

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Glad he's doing good.

So... around here most Bettas have this, so I thought I would ask, does he have internal parasites? My Betta who died of this looked the exact same, slightly bloated appearance sometimes but most of the time regular, not thin, but he had a case of SBD and stringy poop. Just thought I'd add because you once said he has SBD.
 

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he pooped one tiny little poop, but it was a normal-looking poop. o.o nothing stringy at all about it.
 
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