Near catastrophe-- but everyone is ok!

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Well, we nearly had a fatal catastrophe yesterday evening.... my betta boy, Micah, decided it would be a good idea to try to jump the divider to see his girlfriend. Apparently he has pretty bad aim, and he ended up on the floor. I had just been doing some tank cleaning, etc, and had added another filter.... my patchwork mesh on the back to try to discourage jumping somehow failed, and I found him a few minutes later. I had just finished cleaning up when i noticed he was gone, and there he was flipping around behind the stand! :O I scooped him up and now he is in a a nice clean warm filtered 2.5 gallon to help him heal up. So far so good... injuries were minor, just a small cut on his head, but otherwise no damage. I was lucky!!

Any suggestions on remedies to help him feel better? I have already got VitaChem (is that the stuff??) Stress Coat Plus, and Garlic Guard on my list. All suggestions are appreciated!
 

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This is exactly why I want to seperate all my boys! How scary, and I'm glad he's ok! Sounds to me like you are all set for healing him up
 
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Wow, just felt over his tank... it is scorching! I am not sure if this can be chalked up to a faulty heater (it is a stealth mini... seems unlikely) or the fact that the lamp has been running for quite some time. I am currently floating some ice in the tank in an attempt to cool the tank wayy down.... when i say hot, i mean like.... close to 90 hot.

Edit: I also attached a slow drip of cold, treated water. I hope that will help cool his tank down1
 
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Oh wow, that's high! I remember floating ice in bags when I lived at my in-laws b/c their place was so hot
 

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VitaChem is the stuff...I will never stop singing its praises! best of luck to your boy on his recovery. Thankfully, my 20G Long divided three ways has never experienced a jumper. I made my own dividers and they go clear to the top of the tank, so there isn't really any room between them and the hood for anyone to sail over.
 
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I did that with mine too, upright. He went out the back of the tank, aparently I missed a little spot when installing the second filter.... whoops!!!
 

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Oh I did misread that...oops! Thankfully none of mine have tried that...but now I'm nervous. Tonight when I get home I may be getting crafty with some extra canvas and double sided tape LOL.
 
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Lol sounds like a plan!

EDIT: Well, the water is cooling very quickly, so that is really good. I hope it isn't too fast for the poor guy, but 90 degrees is quite hot...
 
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Yeah, I know, it makes me afraid of what would have happened if I had not noticed him...
 

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Don't think like that, you knew you were still working on the tank or it would have been totally secured up, lid on etc. You were never going to be gone long, it has happened before to members, and it will happen again. I never leave the room or even turn my back for long if the lid's open, unless the water level is right down such as for a water change when I would imagine they have a good 5 or 6 inches to clear to get out lol!
 
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Thanks everyone! I STILL have not had a chance to get the stuff for my boy, but everything has healed up on its own! Goes to show what pristine water and a little bit of attention can do! I am going to pick up some VitaChem asap though, so I have it on hand.
 
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