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Old 02-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Stuck in Flare!

So I was exercising my little girl with a betta mirror. Only did it a few times. She doesn't flare very often, but she gets excited to see her reflection. Well today she decided to flare with all her might and now her left gill is stuck!!!! (her left my right looking at her) I took the mirror away immediately turned off the lights and am leaving her to relax. Is it just like a muscle spasm? will it just unstick when she relaxes? The right opens and closes properly but the left just won't close. Did I break her? :(

Housing
What size is your tank? 5.5 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 83 f
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? n/a

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold micro pellets and freeze dried daphnia as a treat
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? twice 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? water conditioner

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5
pH: 7.6
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? her gill is stuck in flare
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? she is more excited and is staying around the top of the water swimming around frantically
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? n/a
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 4 months old. I got her at 13 weeks

the first pic is a side pic, the red on her gill is part of her coloring. that is not new. the second pic is a top view you can see her left gill is open where her right is closed.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #2 
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Hmm. I never seen anything like this. I would leave it alone for a day and see if it goes back. Don't try to touch her or anything. Do you have indian almond leaf laying around?? Oak leaves? Or blackwater extract?? One of those three should help inflammation.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #3 
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Can you maybe give her a single pellet? I wonder if eating might make it go back in?
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #4 
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i fed her. she eats no matter what but she got excited and flared again. I did a 90% water change. i don't want her to get sick (er?) I know clean water generally is good for any fish ailment so i am now re-acclimating her to her tank. right now she is floating in a jar in the tank. she is trying to escape :/
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #5 
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Maybe just try some epson salts. That could help.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #6 
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i don't have any Epson salts :( nor aquarium salts. at this moment my fish medical kit is empty! *sigh* tomorrow my mil will be watching my preschoolers and i will be able to go to walmart or petsmart after work. Will it be too late tomorrow night to add the salts?
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Tomorrow should be okay. I would opt for blackwater over aq salt. I get the feeling aw salt would burn.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #8 
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where do i get black water from? i'm pretty sure they don't sell that at walmart here. the pet section is wanting.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #9 
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I know regular pet stores have it. If you pass a petco or petsmart. it's Tetra brand - yellow bottle.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #10 
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Laki! There is one around the corner from my work (Petsmart that is)
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