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Old 07-30-2009, 02:59 PM   #1 
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Is This Normal?

Hi I am new to Betta's and after getting one as a present, started researching on how I can make sure he will live a long, happy life. About two days ago, I moved him to a 5.5 gallon tank from a fish bowl. When he was in the bowl, I did not notice any problems other than some black tips which I believe to be ammonia burn. When we moved him he looked really happy in his new 5.5 gall - a little scared but exploring. He's been eating well, and does not seem constipated. Today while I was viewing him, I saw his entire left side of his face puff - sort of like a puffer! I've never heard of anything like this or seen it so am not sure what it is. Is this normal? Could he have gotten a cut or something from one of the plants in the new tank? I have no idea so any feedback would be greatly appreciated! I'm a little worried about the little guy - I don't want him dying on me so soon after all the time and money I invested in him and have grown fairly attached to him.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to FishForum. It may be that what you saw was him flaring at you. :) They will open their gill covers (flaring) to make themselves look bigger and more intimidating. So I wouldn't worry.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #3 
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Yep, every betta does it. It's cute. don't worry, it's normal.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:41 PM   #4 
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Oh okay - so I was totally overreacting then! Haha sorry about that. I'd never seen him do that while flaring before, thanks for letting me know!
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:22 PM   #5 
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Yep, sounds like flaring to me. :)
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