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Old 03-09-2010, 12:59 PM   #1 
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if my wife,s betta fish breaths air, why do I see little gills on it that seem to be moving like gills on regular fish do?

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Old 03-09-2010, 01:10 PM   #2 
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Bettas (and other anabatoids... hope I spelled it right) use both oxygen from the water and the air.. they do have gills (they are still fish after all ).
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #4 
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Gouramis and bettas, are both anabantoids. They have a organ called a labyrinth that makes them able to breath air. They will suffocate if they can't get to the surface.
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I read a book about that anabatoids thing. The labrynith is a maze-like respatory organ located behind their mouth (the same way you can breath out of your mouth.)
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