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Old 12-09-2013, 06:34 AM   #1 
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Worm feeding went wrong

Hi,

I was feeding my betta blood worms. I didnt control the quantity properly so i accidentally released too many worms in the bowl. Tiny (my betta) ate them quite fast and at one instance part of the worm was coming out through his gill. Now the scale looks a bit damaged. Im concerned and dont know what to do.

Please advise.

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Old 12-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #2 
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Sorry i am not sure how to help, i ask Sakura look at your thread. How is she doing behavior wise ?
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:52 PM   #3 
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I wouldn't be too worried about the worm coming out through the gills. This happens with my wild bettas when they eat their blackworms too fast and I have never noticed any ill-effects from it. In fact they usually finish the worm off themselves, or one of the other fish in the tanks will pull it free.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #4 
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He's probably ok like LBF said. I would probably just keep an eye on him just in case. He just couldn't wait to munch down some yummy bloodworms. Lol
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #5 
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His behaviour is fine, still very active and gets excited when a person is there. the side scale covering the gill is a bit bent. So i was a bit paranoid that it will get infected.

I've been adding aquarium salt in the bowl to prevent infection.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:24 PM   #6 
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If it was me, I wouldn't even worry with aquarium salt. Bettas can take an incredible amount of damage and heal up perfectly fine with no additives or preventative medications.

I rarely see any infections occur unless the fish is already sick/in some way compromised, or if the wound itself is quite severe.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:27 PM   #7 
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Hi qi84 and welcome to the forum. In this instance, I would definitely go with what LittleBettaFish advises because she has way more experience with live foods than I do. If, however, Tiny starts to show any adverse effects such as labored and heavy breathing, then please update us so we can help you.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:12 AM   #8 
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Hi,

Thank you all for the advice. I've noticed that there is a bit of redness in the side where the worm came out, maybe also a bit swollen (is that possible?). basically the scale looked like its wedged upwards and there is redness between the gaps if you look at it form top down its quite noticable.

I've just did a mid week water change to prevent any germs from making the wound worse.

Am i being too paranoid?

Please advise.

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Old 12-12-2013, 03:09 PM   #9 
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I don't think you're being paranoid. I think a water change was a good idea.
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I agree with DQ; when in doubt or when worried, a water change is always a great first step. How is your betta breathing? Does he seem to be in any distress? It may be possible that the gill was a bit irritated by the worm going through. The gill may not be injured per se but it may need some time to recover.

A healthy gill will be the color of a good raw steak, bright pink-red. An inflamed gill will be very bright red, like fire engine red and the betta will show signs of respiratory distress. A pale pink or white gill means a lack of oxygen.
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