Ammonia Burn Help

oliviawilliam2017


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E26EF7FF-4CE5-4D65-8153-D9C691B1AE2D.jpeg I rescued a betta from petco yesterday with what I believe to be pretty bad gill burn from ammonia. his gills are swollen and red. he always rests on his tail and lays vertically with his head facing up. I have him in a 2.5 gal only filled up about an inch and a quarter with a heater at 78 and a long airstone to prevent suffocation. he also has a little tube hide which he likes to go in. yesterday I changed his water two times and today so far i’ve changed it once but I plan on changing his water 3 times a day to keep ammonia nonexistent. his water is being treated with prime, stresscoat, aquarium salt and vitachem. I only fed him one medium sized worm yesterday but haven’t fed him since then. I am also suspecting he may have a swim bladder issue because he can’t lay normally? if anyone thinks he has any chance of survival let me know. last night he was continuously on and off breathing. i’m trying my hardest for this little guy.
I was just reading about methylene blue (I think that’s how you spell it) and some people say that helps with ammonia poisoning? does this help by just detoxifying ammonia or does it reverse the effects on the fish? is there any medication that will help him? please help!
 

Crimson_687

fish are tougher then you might think. I think he’s got a shot at survival. I don’t think he’s sitting like that due to swim bladder though. My elderly betta used to sit like that because his body was so exhausted, and it also made it easier to propel himself upwards when he needed surface air. I noticed that you’re keeping the water level lower so he can get surface air easily. That should help him for the time being while he is weak. Also, what do you mean by “medium sized worm?”
 

oliviawilliam2017

fish are tougher then you might think. I think he’s got a shot at survival. I don’t think he’s sitting like that due to swim bladder though. My elderly betta used to sit like that because his body was so exhausted, and it also made it easier to propel himself upwards when he needed surface air. I noticed that you’re keeping the water level lower so he can get surface air easily. That should help him for the time being while he is weak. Also, what do you mean by “medium sized worm?”
out of those blocks of frozen blood worms, I fed him one that was medium sized. not a super long one but not a super short one. also thanks for your reply! that makes me feel better.
 

Debbie1986


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E26EF7FF-4CE5-4D65-8153-D9C691B1AE2D.jpeg iyesterday I changed his water two times and today so far i’ve changed it once but I plan on changing his water 3 times a day to keep ammonia nonexistent. his water is being treated with prime, stresscoat, aquarium salt and vitachem

let him rest.

Prime lasts 2 days ( 48 hours) he doesn't need daily water changes (or 3 x day ) when using Prime.

Stay on top of the water parameters, but after a dose of prime, your 48 hour clock for 'safety' is there.


Don't overdose the tank either.

There's no instant fix, it will just take time to see if he pulls through. Good luck.
 

oliviawilliam2017

let him rest.

Prime lasts 2 days ( 48 hours) he doesn't need daily water changes (or 3 x day ) when using Prime.

Stay on top of the water parameters, but after a dose of prime, your 48 hour clock for 'safety' is there.


Don't overdose the tank either.

There's no instant fix, it will just take time to see if he pulls through. Good luck.
okay. thank you for your advice. do you think I put too much in his water?
 

Crimson_687

okay. thank you for your advice. do you think I put too much in his water?
You can never overdose on water conditioner, but there does come a point where using more is just a waste of water conditioner
 

oliviawilliam2017

You can never overdose on water conditioner, but there does come a point where using more is just a waste of water conditioner
okay! thanks
 

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