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Old 09-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #1 
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Purchased a sick betta

I went to the store about a month ago, and while checking out the betta fish i found one i thought was flaring at me. Turns out, his gill just sticks out like that. At the time i had no room, so i had to leave him and hope someone took care of him.
Apparently nobody wanted him because when i went back a few days ago, he was still there. I recently acquired a 10 gallon tank, and since i have the room, i took him home. he's got ammonia burns and was bloated, but I can treat that. his fins are clamped as well. I really need to know how to fix his gill. Is it possible, and if it is, what works best? He's currently in a heated 1 gal quarantine tank, being fed frozen brine shrimp soaked in garlic in case of parasites. Is there anything else I can/should be doing?
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:40 PM   #2 
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you should give him 2 blood worms twice a day. it will give him plenty of protein and make him healthier. Do you mind posting a picture? it would be easier for me to see what he looks like
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:20 PM   #3 
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you should give him 2 blood worms twice a day. it will give him plenty of protein and make him healthier. Do you mind posting a picture? it would be easier for me to see what he looks like

Blood worms are like candy for bettas and should only be fed as a treat. Definitely not every day.

His gill damage may be permanent, but that does not mean he can't live a normal healthy life. I would use 3 tsp/gallon Epsom salt treatment for the bloat. With clean water his gill may heal over time.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #4 
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thank you! he currently looks like this, when hes not flaring. i got him like this, so im not sure what happened. any idea what the cause could be?
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:47 PM   #5 
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I got a little CT male about 3 weeks ago who had the same problem. One side has healed and now lays almost flat against his side. The other side still sticks out, though not as bad as at first. I suspect that may be permanently damaged. While I don't know for sure the cause I have always suspected that it was from ammonia poisoning in those tiny cups. Hope your boy heals for you!
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:33 AM   #6 
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He's pretty active so I'm hopeful he'll be okay. Thanks:)
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #7 
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I got rid of this with Aq salt and daily water changes (in a one gallon) it took 2 weeks to go away. Clean water daily is important.
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I got a little CT male about 3 weeks ago who had the same problem. One side has healed and now lays almost flat against his side. The other side still sticks out, though not as bad as at first. I suspect that may be permanently damaged. While I don't know for sure the cause I have always suspected that it was from ammonia poisoning in those tiny cups. Hope your boy heals for you!

I agree, Ammonia Poisoning is most likely the culprit.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:02 AM   #9 
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Well he's been better lately. His body is less of an S shape and his fins aren't clamped anymore. Gills are the same, he's being treated with aquarium salt right now and hopefully that helps
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:25 PM   #10 
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Thats great! im happy hes feeling better!
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