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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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if my wife,s betta fish breaths air, why do I see little gills on it that seem to be moving like gills on regular fish do?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 02:10 PM
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Bettas (and other anabatoids... hope I spelled it right) use both oxygen from the water and the air.. they do have gills (they are still fish after all ).

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thanks 1fish2fish

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 02:25 PM
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Gouramis and bettas, are both anabantoids. They have a organ called a labyrinth that makes them able to breath air. They will suffocate if they can't get to the surface.

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I read a book about that anabatoids thing. The labrynith is a maze-like respatory organ located behind their mouth (the same way you can breath out of your mouth.)

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