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Old 10-23-2009, 07:08 PM   #1 
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Question Discolored gills and bulged abdomen

My boyfriend is worried about his female betta, Trillian. He has noticed that her gills have been changing in color. They have become very pale and tinged with red. He has also noticed a bulge in her abdomen. She is swimming and eating normally, but he is still concerned. Is her bulge a sign of constipation? What could be causing the discoloration on her gills?

Here's a picture. I'm sorry it's so blurry, but even so, it's easy to make out the redness on her gills.


Here's some info on the tank:
It is a cycled 10 gal with live plants. It is divided in two sections and houses a male betta on the other side and one or two little shrimp per side. They are normally fed hikari pellets, but he has recently tried freeze dried blood worms.
Filter: Aquaclear mini
Ammonia: 0
PH: between 7.6 and 8, he's not totally sure on that
Temp: 80
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:54 PM   #2 
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:06 PM   #3 
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Well I would try fasting her for a few days to see if she is just constipated. Sometimes gill discoloration is caused by ammonia poisoning but you listed your ammonia is 0.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:13 AM   #4 
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typically red gills is from ammonia burns, but it could also be gill disease, keep the water pristine.....

her bulging may just be that shes full of eggs

just keep an eye on her, if she acts very unusual or whatnot, you might want to fast a day or two and look into treatment for gill disease
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