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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Not Again!

This time I am not dealing with dropsy,but I still have a fish situation.

Okay,for personaly reasons I had to move my fish to my mom's just until I move out,which I hope will be in July.Anyway so I still get to care for my fish everyday.

Well instead of lugging ALL of the tanks down,I decided to put one of my bettas,Illusion,in my sister's tank.She wants a betta anyway and so I thought I would let one of mine live in her tank for the time being.

She has flower pots in the tank and not thinking anything of it,we put Illusion in the tank.Today Sandra came banging on my door in a panic (my mom lives like 5 seconds away) and she said that Illusion was stuck in the hole of a flower pot.So I rushed over and sure enough my betta was stuck in a tiny hole.He was really stressed and stuck! It took us like 15 minutes to get the hole cut open without injuring the fish.

He was super stressed and now has a HUGE chunk taken out of his back.His fins are a little crumpled,but not too bad.It is the chunk I am worried about.It looks deep and bad.I used some "Melafix",because on the back it said it could be used for open wounds.I also ended up taking down a 2 gallon tank to keep him in for now.

Illusion is super stressed and last I checked,he seemed to be a little better and could swim,so I don't have to worry about that.But I wanna know is there anything else I can do for him? How often should I use the "Melafix"?





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I apologize for the long post!




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I don't know much about fish at all, but I really hope your little guy gets better (excuse the pun). They're beautiful fish!
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Thanks.
Hopefully Sasami comes soon,she will know what to do hopefully!

He seems a tiny better today,he is swimming and everything...but he isn't eating.The wound still looks bad and I noticed another smaller wound on his belly as well.





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Unfortunately that's very common . Flower pots can make great hiding spots but the holes should always be covered.

I would use the Melafix daily like it says to on the bottle . Keep the water clean and remove any activated carbon.

Do you have freshwater aquarium salt? I would add some of that to the water...it'll help keep the wounds from getting infected.




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Thanks! Yeah,I actually had a danie get stuck yrs ago and die in a flower pot...I always cut the holes since then...but since this was my sister's tank,it didn't even cross my mind.

Fortunatly tonight before I came home,I checked on him again and he seems alot better,swimming around and took a few bites of food.

There is currently no filter in with him,he is in a 2 gallon till he heals.But I will use the "Melafix" daily till he gets better.I don't have any aquarium salt,but I can pick some up if it is nessicary!





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Even though aquarium salt isn't necessary I would pick some up. The reason is that it's really, really handy and is a great thing to have if you keep fish. Especially since you have fancy goldfish which tend to be prone to, well, everything ^_^;.

It's very cheap...a carton is only a few dollars and lasts forever. I've been using the same container of it for the past four years or so...and it's nowhere near empty.




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Okay,thanks! I will get some then.I know my fancy goslfish are prone to things...unfortunatly...so it would be a good thing to have!




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I think the problem with fancy goldfish is the fact that they are usually bred strictly for looks with little regard to health =/. I mean, most fancy varieties can't even live in outdoor ponds since they are so sensitive!

It's sad.




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I hope your betta has a full recovery soon.
That actually never crossed my mind you know...about the flower pots!
I have one in with Charlotte (tarantula) & one actually in my fish tank
too...I had no injuries yet,but should I get rid of the flower pots just in case? I know your betta is a male,mine's a female...maybe she can still get caught though?
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Man,the wound looks horrible today! There is this white,pussy looking disharge coming out of it and it's red around the wound.Does this mean infection?

He is swimming and eating again normally tho.It is just the wound.

Melissa,how big is the flower pots? I mean the holes? Things like this never cross our minds,but from now on I am going to cut the holes out...maybe you should do that too.





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I'm not sure if it's an infection or just where it's healing
I have no idea,so i'm of no help!

The holes in the flower pots dont seem to be too large,but I can sorta picture a fish being able to get trapped somehow.
It honestly never crossed my mind though.
When I picked up one for charlotte I thought "Oh,GENIUS!! My fish will love one too!!"

When you mean cut the holes out do you mean completely cut out the bottom...? Or make them bigger so the fish can go back in& out without getting stuck? (i'm having a blonde moment )
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I meant cut the holes bigger.Thats what I did before.I had another fish get stuck yrs ago and he never made it...
After that I would cut the holes out.I didn't even think of it this time tho... So it is my fault.Sandra says it is her fault,cause it was her tank...but I told her it isn't.I should of been more aware.





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NO,it's definately NOT your fault!!!
It was just something that happened,no one's fault at all.

If it helps,you helped my fishies,I was completely unaware.So you potentially saved 5 lives right there.
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NO,it's definately NOT your fault!!!
It was just something that happened,no one's fault at all.

If it helps,you helped my fishies,I was completely unaware.So you potentially saved 5 lives right there.
I still do think it is my fault...

But yes,it does make me feel better that by posting this and letting you know,that I have saved other fishies lives! Because you just never know!

Like I mentioned,it didn't even cross my mind!





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