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Old 06-28-2013, 10:02 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Betta Fish Twitching Head???!

Yesterday I noticed my Betta fish twitch his head but I thought nothing of it since he only did it once. just now after his night feeding he twitched his head about three times like he was spazzing and it concerned me. is it something I should be worried about? or is it normal? or could it be a gill parasite?

his gills are a light red. nothing that I can see in his gills. his breathing doesn't look heavy. he swims, eats, does his usual. his poop is normal. he just twitches his head and then goes on with his usual business.

and he flared his gills today a few hours ago for the first time that I've seen since I've had him and he flares at his reflection periodically. He seems healthy but I want to make sure its not the beginnings of something serious

its the first time I've seen it so I wanted to make sure of what it could be...

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 81
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day (2 to 3 pellets) and fast on Saturdays

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stresscoat+

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.6
Hardness: ---
Alkalinity: ---

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? greyish purple spots on his body but not near his gills.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Still acts happy and healthy, eats, poop is orangish brown.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes internal parasite he had since I got him but he passed it 2 weeks ago with Epsom salt treatment
How old is your fish (approximately)? probably a year. I got him a month ago about
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:13 PM   #2 
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Haha yes, every betta does that. Since they don't have any teeth, or tongues, they have to shake their head to get the food down. It freaked me out at first, but now it's kinda funny
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #3 
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omg thank you so much! I was freaking out all night wondering why he did that lol at first I thought I had overfeed him and he was dying or something had infected him. good to know its a normal thing (:
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:47 PM   #4 
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Yep!and no problem :)
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