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Old 08-10-2010, 11:11 PM   #1 
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betta is "coughing"?

hi and thanks for reading my thread.

I've already made a post about the Betta i received as a gift 2 weeks ago, he hasn't eaten one bit of food.

but now I've noticed another problem, it appears that he's "coughing" his gills will convulse it seems and he'll cough out air bubbles, I do not believe this is him trying to make a bubble nest.

He spends most of his time laying on plants at the surface of the water with his nose facing up almost. Any idea what could be wrong?

-5.5 gallon tank
-no heater (man at fish specialty store said he didn't need one while sick?)
- water conditioned
- 75% water change every other day
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:35 PM   #2 
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I would get him a heater with that big of a tank carlisle has the same size and a heater.It deffinatly sounds like he has something wrong with him but I have no clue what it could be.Did you clean everything really good before you put it in the tank?maybe he has a cold idk if bettas get colds though.Has he been doing the coughing thing since you got him?and whats the temp in the tank?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:43 PM   #3 
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he may be injured. The best thing to do is keep up with the water quality and temp at a good level.
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