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Total Fishkeeping > Fish Emergencies > Betta Is Hurt

Posted by: beadjunkie27 Apr 17 2014, 05:52 AM
My poor little betta got himself stuck in a little plastic "hut" used for fishies to hide in. It has large openings on either side and little 1/2" holes all around it that are hidden by plastic "grass." My little guy tried to swim through one of the small holes and got himself stuck. I managed to cut the decoration to free him, but he had struggled so much while he was stuck, he now has 3 lacerations along his dorsum from his head to his dorsal fin. His gill on the left side also looks irritated. His underside looks okay as does his right side. I am unsure what I can do for him to help him recover aside from keeping the water clean. I have removed the decoration. His water gets treated with Prime and aquarium salt when I do water changes. I'm just afraid he's not going to make it. sad.gif I feel so irresponsible and stupid. He has never messed with the decoration before in the 6 months that I've had him. I feel so awful for letting this happen. What can I do for him? He is now just hiding among some freestanding plants and going up to the surface every now and again.

Posted by: RatMan Apr 18 2014, 07:45 AM
Go and get some medflex and treat him with that, it will help heal the damaged areas.
Ease up on the salt for a while.
this should work for him and he will go back to normal, unless he did internal damage, but we don't know.
he is most likely just stressed out right now, and he needs to just decompress from the stress

Posted by: Squish Apr 22 2015, 03:52 PM
hope it gets well soon.

Posted by: Rick.Clark Jun 1 2015, 08:42 PM
Some melafix and pimafix should help get it back on its feet.

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