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? :(
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
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
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
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
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.