I was feeding my betta blood worms. I didnt control the quantity properly so i accidentally released too many worms in the bowl. Tiny (my betta) ate them quite fast and at one instance part of the worm was coming out through his gill. Now the scale looks a bit damaged. Im concerned and dont know what to do.
I wouldn't be too worried about the worm coming out through the gills. This happens with my wild bettas when they eat their blackworms too fast and I have never noticed any ill-effects from it. In fact they usually finish the worm off themselves, or one of the other fish in the tanks will pull it free.
Hi qi84 and welcome to the forum. In this instance, I would definitely go with what LittleBettaFish advises because she has way more experience with live foods than I do. If, however, Tiny starts to show any adverse effects such as labored and heavy breathing, then please update us so we can help you.
Thank you all for the advice. I've noticed that there is a bit of redness in the side where the worm came out, maybe also a bit swollen (is that possible?). basically the scale looked like its wedged upwards and there is redness between the gaps if you look at it form top down its quite noticable.
I've just did a mid week water change to prevent any germs from making the wound worse.
I agree with DQ; when in doubt or when worried, a water change is always a great first step. How is your betta breathing? Does he seem to be in any distress? It may be possible that the gill was a bit irritated by the worm going through. The gill may not be injured per se but it may need some time to recover.
A healthy gill will be the color of a good raw steak, bright pink-red. An inflamed gill will be very bright red, like fire engine red and the betta will show signs of respiratory distress. A pale pink or white gill means a lack of oxygen.