Betta under severe stress

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My male betta had a run in with a three year old who literally pulled him out of the tank and was squishing him into the carpet by the time I got to him. He is now back in his tank but gasping for oxygen (lingering on the top)not eating - at least I haven't seen him eat, and sometimes falling to the bottom - it has been four days since the incident. I know it doesn't look good and he probably should be dead after the stress he went through but are there any suggestions on anything I can do at this point to help him?
 

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I certainly don't have any suggestions since I'm new to bettas myself but I wanted to send my condolescences for your situation.
 
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Appreciate the sympathy - I feel horrible for him but I am just trying to leave him as stress free as possible since I believe he is probably on his last few days... :'(
 

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As long as he has something (a plant?) at the top he can rest on so he doesnt have to swim too far for some air I would think that is all you can do. Just keep him comfy and try hand feeding him? Good luck...sorry bout your little guy. Let us know how he's doing.
 
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I have two plants that he seems to be resting on - one fake and one real. I will keep everyone posted. How would I go about hand feeding him??
 

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can he eat? and does he swim at all? if the answer to either of these is no then I am afraid you are right and his chances for recovery are almost nil. He is probably horribly damaged. But I have seen some Bettas have the will to live through some terrible predicaments. I would not quit talking to him and encouraging him. You never know what human contact will do for him. Sometimes it can keep giving him the will to keep going through a lot of hurt.

I would try to put the tank out of reach of the child. Just a word of caution.

You do have my deepest sympathies, I know how very endearing a Betta can be and it is so hard to see them hurt.

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Better news - I actually saw him eat a little today. I put the pellet right next to where he was hanging out and he ate - only one that I saw him eat but it is at least something. He is swimming a little bit but only when there is movement (me putting the pellet in) around his tank. He still seems to need to gulp oxygen pretty often when he swims he won't stay mid tank very long before he comes up - sometimes he is so still I wonder if he is alive but he is definitely a fighter. I will keep everyone posted!
 

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Laura, talk to him and make over him. Spend time cooing over him and let him know you are with him. He will have an easier time with himself if you do. Bettas respond to humans better than about any other fish I know of and they need the contact, and yours does especially right now. It will help if nothing else will.

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I'm so sorry to hear about him! Bettas are pretty tough...I had one survive a trip down the drain. Do all you can to keep him comfortable...maybe extra waster changes, hand feeding, lots of attention, etc. Keep on the lookout for secondary infections--he may develop ich or another disease due to the stress of the incident. I hope he gets better!
 
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Thanks for everyone's help - he looks better today though still pretty lethargic. Definitely a tough fish!

Should I be changing his water - maybe partial? My dilemma is I don't want to stress him out anymore but I know some of the food has made its way to the bottom so I am nervous about bacteria. I suppose I could do a partial change and not take him out of the tank? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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A water change never hurts. Just try to keep him out of the flow of the water when you are pouring it in so he doesn't have to fight the flow. He will appreciate the clean water I am sure. I wouldn't do a major one though unless you think the food problem is major.

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Good thing you caught him in time. I also advise keeping him out of reach but...that being said, three year olds can be very inventive, so you might want to think outside the box a bit.

I'm actually amazed the child caught the fish...
 
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Trust me the three year old boy and my daughter will be supervised anytime they are in the same room as the fish. The boy got the fish out and it must have been difficult because there was gravel and plants stewn all over the room and my daughter who's pet it WAS (she is also 3) did nothing so I am still furious with her. She was so good with him up to then. She read to him every night and blew him kisses - ahhh - but that is another story. She is remorseful and 'visits' him everyday but he is now MY fish.
 

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You may want to do more frequent (but slightly smaller) water changes. Just be extra careful that the clean water going in is exactly the same temp as the water in the tank. Don't try to do any huge changes though.
 
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I did a water change last night - so I will do one again tonight? Itthought changing it too often would be worse but from what I am hearing I should continue to do so -for the next couple of days? Anyhow he seems to be doing okay. He isn't eating as much as he use to but he is eating. I am checking on him often. Again, I appreciate all the advice - I am so glad I found this website!

L
 

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Small daily water changes as just fine for a while but I wouldn't do more than about 10% or so if you are going to do daily changes. They do help them to heal faster. Clean water is very therapeutic to sick fish. It is much more stressful for their bodies to deal with even the smallest amount of toxin when they are injured. It is VERY good that he is eating, but I doubt that with the injuries you described that he is out of the woods just yet. A steady temperature and clean water are the key to a rapid and complete recovery. He is a real fighter, your little buddy.

Will he take a pellet or two out of your fingers or is he totally afraid of human contact now? If you can try to create a bond with him (if you haven't already). He needs to have some contact to feel loved.

I am glad to hear he is doing a little better. Do keep us informed.

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Good news ;D he is doing much better today. He isn't shying away when I drop his food in and he is actually swimming around - not lingering on top anymore. He really is amazing to go through what he did and survive. I am not trying to be too optimistic but if two weeks go by and he is okay then I will be ecstatic. It has been 6 days. When we first got him off the carpet and put him in water he was actually floating upside down and it looked as if half his body had turned white. Now his color is coming back and he is not as skittish.

Anyhow, any more advice would be welcomed!

Will keep you posted on his progress.

Thanks,

Laura
 

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What is the temperature you are keeping him at? It would be the very best for him if you could aim for a steady 80 degrees (no lower) just to keep from having a secondary infection of some kind attack him while he is down. If he has been much below 80 then you may want to slowly (like a degree every 3 or 4 hours) put his temp up to 82 to keep the dreaded ich away. Ich is a cool water disease and attacks with a vengeance after an illness, stress, or injury and can take them out just when we think they are doing better. Keep an eye out for any spots or changes in his appearance. Let us know immediately if anything even minor changes. We want to stay on top of things right now. No medicine for anything right now though. Just the water changes and temperature control for now. Medication can further weaken him if it is the wrong thing.

Rose
 
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