Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #1 
AsteriaStern
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Exclamation New Betta has Dislocated Gill??

I just brought home three two-tailed bettas, Comet, King and Alnitak. Comet and King seem to be perfectly fine, but when I put Alnitak into his bowl I realized that his left gill seemed to be dislocated, as if it had popped off its hinges. He also seems to be less active than the others, and has a tendancy to let himself fall over and lay on the bottom of the tank. The most worrisome of his actions is when he swims around; he keeps tipping up onto his tail, with his head pointed at the surface, as if he can't keep himself horozontal. I have also realized that his pelvic / ventral fins (first two fins on underside of fish) are shrivelled and twisted, and these areas are black.

If he was behaving propperly I wouldn't be nearly so concerned, but as it is I don't know if Alnitak is just stressed from the move (which happened yesterday) or if it's something worse. Considering the physical signs, I really think that it might be a problem, and I would appreciate any help from the community.

I've uploaded a few images of Alnitak. The first is the best picture I could get of his ventral fins, and it also shows the extent to which his left gill is open. The second shows him lying at the bottom of the tank, which he will do for a few minutes straight before moving again. The third is him resting on his tail at the bottom of the tank.
Attached Images
   
AsteriaStern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2012, 04:16 PM   #2 
MyRainbowBettaFish
Member
 
MyRainbowBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
looks like one of is gill flaps is stuck open, nothing much to worry about, IMO.

How big is your tank?

How often do you clean it?

What do you feed your betta, and how much?

ph?

ammonia level?

nitirite?

nitirate?

When you do a water change, what do you add to the water?




He is GORGEOUS BTW!

Also, not sure, but he may have a ,title bit of fin rot..
MyRainbowBettaFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2012, 04:44 PM   #3 
AsteriaStern
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
I've only had them for a day now, and I unfortunately followed the advice of the pet shop employee and got tanks that are way too small (3L), but that will be fixed in the next few days.

I was told to clean the tank every two weeks (though now I am serriously questioning all of the advice), and to change the water once 'every couple of days' which I took to mean two or three. I've been using distilled water.

I feed them each two pellets of Nutrafin Max every day.

As to the chemical levels I have to say that I am completely ignorant as to what they are and how to test for them.

I would apreciate any advice about care and maintenance, as this is my first time with bettas.
AsteriaStern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2012, 05:19 PM   #4 
Kenny G
Member
 
Kenny G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NYC
Yes you were given bad advice. With tanks that size you need to do daily water changes. Once you upgrade the tanks be sure to get a filter and a heater. Regarding maintenance if your looking to buy a test kit/strips to test your levels research online and see which one best suits your needs for the size tanks you will have. Most importantly always make sure add water conditioner to the water. If you don't have a problem with hard or colored water use tap water. Treat it with the conditioner and let it sit out for 24 hours to make sure its room temperature.
Kenny G is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dislocated gill, illness, lethargic, new betta, twisted ventral fins

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Will my Goldie be able to use his gill again? Red and bloody after gill flukes SparklE fin Other Fish 4 07-08-2012 07:36 PM
Betta Gill Infection! CanadianOctober Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 9 04-21-2012 10:23 PM
Odd gill on female betta.... k9m8c78 Betta Chat 1 12-31-2010 05:43 PM
Inner gill color? Gill health questions TokyoBetta Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 2 02-18-2010 08:18 PM
Why does my Betta's gill flare out? Jody Betta Fish Care 9 12-31-2007 05:42 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.