My betta got stuck in the thing that helps slow down the filter

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What is the water volume of the tank? Im guessing you mean gallon-
10 gallons
How long has the tank been running?
Since back in roughly January-
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 78 degrees
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) One female betta

How often do you change the water? once every week to once every other week
How much of the water do you change? roughly 5 percent water change
What do you use to treat your water? Tetra: Aqua safe
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes it cycled for about 2 to 3 months before I got Mark
What do you use to test the water? Api fresh water master test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
Nitrite:0 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm
pH: 7.2
[I just got new substrate about a week ago and i had to do almost a full water change thats why my cycle is a bit wack]

How often do you feed your fish? 3 days a week monday wensday friday
How much do you feed your fish? Little amount i cant remember off the top of my head
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Frozen brine shrimp and blood worms
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods?

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? For a few months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Roughly 20 or so minutes ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Hazey eye on the left side- what seems to be scratches and fin stuck to side of body.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? I don't know how about to treat her
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No.
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Hazey left eye sitting on the substrate more often than usual some sort of scratch on her left side and left fin stuck to side of the body [still moves every now and then]

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
Basically earlier today the power went out and I did what I normally do [take filter cartridge out and place it in the water and take a bag of water and cut a whole in it so some oxygen can get in the tank] and it ended up being filled way to high. i didnt think anything of it and i go back to check on my betta- Mark- to turn off her light so she can sleep. I couldn't find her so i looked through the top of the tank to see her stuck in the thing that holds the sponges to make the water pressure not be so high. I quickly take her out of it and i notice her left eye is hazey and her left fin is stuck to her body and she wont bring it out till every now and then. She appears to have some sort of scratches on her left side due to the sponge. shes still swimming fine but shes sitting more on the bottom than normal. I want to know if she is going to be able to make it through the night and how to go about treating her wounds.


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Rose of Sharon
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I hope she is doing ok this morning!

She may just need some time to recover from the stress of what happened. It may take her a while to bounce back.

I would do some small daily water changes (about 30 percent) to help avoid any type of infection. Clean water is always good. If you can, you could add Indian almond leaves that produce tannins that can help with the healing process. It will tint your water brown, but that's ok. It is really good for bettas.

I would keep her lights dim in order to decrease her stress.

If you have something for stress, I would use that (stress coat or stress guard). These will help with any damage done to her slime coat.

If she has something going on internally, there is really nothing that you can do but keep an eye on her, and maybe add to this post if you see something new happening.

I hope that she gets better!!!
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Thankyou so much!! I always say almond leaves when i go in to grab plants from the pet store and never really understood them but thankyou :-D

actually after maybe 30 minutes of me posting that she started using her left fin more and she's just got better with the fin by this morning :-]

ima get her some medicine for her scratches and to help prevent any diseases from happening today- i think im just more worried about her eye than anything- im kinda scared of the later issues it may cause down the line..

But she has shown improvement from last night which is a good sign- shes still going towards the bottom of the tank but thats reasonable because she got hurt :-/

but again i appreciate it i couldnt really find any situation like this when i was trying to look for a way to find how to go about treating it and it was pretty stressful not being able to find something similar that has happened to another person

thankyou again :-D
[/QUOTE] Update:

Mark survived the night! Shes made visible improvement since last night with her left fin, shes swimming around like normal and laying on the bottom every now and then like she use to- to rest her fins because shes a long crown tail betta [she has an egg spot she just has long fins ‍♂️] shes only holding her left fin to her body every now and then- mostly just when shes resting at the bottom of on one of her plants. im not able to go out just yet to get medicine because i cant drive but she is getting stuff to treat her scratches and her eye and anything else she went through :-] im really glad thats shes made this much improvement and im proud of her shes holding in like a champ- ill give updates after shes taken her medicine and any other improvement she has with her recovery :-]

also side note:
please- please- i cant stress this enough- if you ever have something in your tank that the betta can get stuck in such as something that holds sponges to slow down the current etc please make sure that your fish has no way of getting stuck and or hurt by it. this is my fault for thinking the water level was okay and it ended up with unnecessary injuries on my fish. ill take proper precautions in the future to insure mark will be okay and nothing like this could happen again :-] thankyou to the person who responded appreciate it ♡♡
Rose of Sharon
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I am glad that I could help! And I am glad that she seems to be getting better. It will just take some time, I think. Hopefully, her eye will be ok, along with her side/fin.

I have the same issue with my filter. There are filters that have a high and low level, but some of them still don't have a slow enough flow for bettas even on the lowest setting.

I have a silk plant under the out flow of my filter, and I put up some of those betta leaves that you see with the suction cups attached all around the outflow. It may not look pretty, but it works.

Hope Mark makes a full recovery!
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yea i get what you mean :-] thankyou again :-D

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