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Old 10-31-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 
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Question Betta is possibly choking, help please?

Hi guys, I'm getting a bit nervous here. My little female crown tail is choking on a pellet. Its really lodged in her throat too, I can still see it but barely. Also I can see a lump where the pellet is located. Her gills look like they're working over time and her mouth moves like she's gasping... any advice would be great.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:47 PM   #2 
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Okay, the only advice i can give you is easily very dangerous. Get her in a net or hold her in your hand wearing gloves, now take a sewing needle and wait for your betta to open its mouth, then take the needle, and at an angle try to scrape the pellet out of her mouth. Again, very dangerous seeing as how a small spasm could stab her, ive never had a betta choke but google helped me a bit. If your not sure you can do it dont try, but if you think shes going to die if you dont do anything try it, very carefully. im not sure how else you would get something out of a betta mouth if its choking,but thats really all i can tell you.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:16 PM   #3 
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is it possible for the pellet to dissolve? she's been like this for 3 hours now, i was hoping that she would find a way to push it down, but she hasn't tried anything yet. she also has a bubble emerge from her throat every now and then too. she stays at the top and tips her head up for air too, so is there a chance that she could force it down that way? should i try giving her a blood worm or a piece of pea to see if that could push it down too, or let it be? i found the needle option before, but she's tiny, and she doesn't like fingers, so the chances that she would be stabbed are very likely.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:27 PM   #4 
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Yeah, eventually it will dissolve, but itll get bigger before then. Dont give her anymore food today, at all. If your not willing to try to do the needle option the best thing to do is wait. But its your betta, you can do anything you feel is right, no one will stop you, yes, some might hate you or dislike you if she dies because you did nothing, but remember, no matter what you do, it was your choice, and if its your choice then its the right one, even if it ends badly fro something.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:28 PM   #5 
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I would leave her alone and let the enzymes do their job-intervention could be fatal-also, due to the anatomy of a fish- having food lodged should not affect breathing
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:31 PM   #6 
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alright thanks guys =) ill leave her be for tonight. she's not panicking, so neither should i. im really not going to chance the needle option. thanks again
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:55 PM   #7 
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two of my guys had lodged food in their throats (eager eating of krill *lol*, too big a bite for that small a mouth heheheh). I started panicking, but I think the best option here is too leave her be, sit, watch her and hope for the best.

Try not to scare her, one wrong move and the pellet could be her last. J/k, but try not to scare her!

Eventually she'll push it out or swallow it.

if i'm wrong someone please correct me! i'd like to know what to do in this circumstance too?
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:47 PM   #8 
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well.... im not really sure if she'll make it... she's floating on her side right now, like, completely horizontal. she's still breathing however. i dont know, i think i may have lost her...
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If shes looking liek shes already going to die I would go and try to use a needle to remove the food. After all, if shes going to die you might as well try something that could save her. Again, im not saying you should, but im not saying you sholdnt.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:56 PM   #10 
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would it be safer to use the needle's eye? how i think about it, it seems it would be the least harmful as the needle's eye is dull compared to the point... im going to wait 15 more minutes and then try the procedure... wish me luck guys =|
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