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Old 01-16-2010, 10:19 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Broken Gill!???

Ok, So i was doing some normal tank maintence today, water change, Gravel Cleaning, All that. And i put my VT betta in a small container. I then noticed that his left gill is sticking out. He is swimmming normally but his gill movement is fast. I dont know what happened but his gill is sticking straight out. He is not flaring, it is just 1 gill and it isn't moving at all, It is just sticking straight out. I really need help. Please let me know if there is anything i can do.
Here are some pictures so you kinda have an idea of what it looks like.

I dont know if he caught it on some fake plants or what. Also the tank is around 72 degrees.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:09 AM   #2 
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wow, i really hope its nothing bad. i dont know what it could be but i hope your liitle bud is okay!
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:35 AM   #3 
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could he get to the top of the water? because that is how they breath... he might also have swallowed something that happened to interrupt his gills just throwing out possibilities
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:02 PM   #4 
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awww.... Spounds painful! poor guy! I would reccoment puting a heating pad up to his tank (or a heater if you have one!) and adding a bit of sea salt (non iodized) incase the gill has an underlying infection! Keep us updated! Also, he might have just scratched it against something and it swelled up, but bet to take precautions
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:46 AM   #5 
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Any chance that it's gill flukes or parasite? Can you get a really close look?
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