3 years ago#1
xMacy
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Okay, so I was at walmart tonight and I saw a very sick Betta fish and I couldn't help but to buy him and try to save him. I did some research and found out that using aquarium salt will help save this little guy.

My question is how much should I add to a 1 gallon tank??

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3 years ago#2
johnarthur
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Bettas are especially sensitive to salt, so you may want to avoid treating the entire aquarium with it. Some aquarists use a salt dip as an alternative. Other fungus medications are also available, but first make sure there are no water quality issues, and try a 25 or 30 percent water change.

My very old box of API aquarium salt recommends one rounded tablespoon for five gallons. This is the therapeutic dose.

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3 years ago#3
xMacy
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Well, what I did was since the Betta was in that dirty old cup from walmart, I got out my one gallon tank and added gravel and a gallon of water from my established 20 gallon so there's no water issues. I only ask how much salt to add because that's what I have and figured I'd try that before I went out and bought something else since a lot of sites recommend using salt.

I found out though I'd need to use half a teaspoon for my one gal. I really hope this little guy pulls through this.

Also, can Betta's regrow their fins? His fins are all tore to shreds :/

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3 years ago#4
Annette
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I wish everyone would rescue a betta from walmart! they need to stop selling fish. their fish always look so sick when i look at them. there is always a dead fish in their tank with the others sucking on it. its hard for me to walk down the fish isle at walmart. I try to avoid looking at the tanks because it makes me sad everytime.

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3 years ago#5
Annette
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oh yea. bettas can regrow their fins. i once had one that had lost his entire tail and it grew back a differnt color it was prettier then the first one!

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3 years ago#6
xMacy
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Thank you for answering.. unfortunately, the little guy didn't make it through the night. I feel better knowing that he died with me rather than in a dirty cup filled with his own waste at walmart and that I did everything I could to try and help him.. I'd definitely do it again.

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3 years ago#7
johnarthur
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A one gallon aquarium is really too small, but it's much better than a dirty shot glass. Every time I see one of those things, I want to rescue the fish. On the next rescue, you may want to try the drip acclimation method:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-drip-acclimation- method-78.html

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3 years ago#8
m00nf1ower
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Sorry to hear your little guy didn't make it, but good for you for rescuing him!

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