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Old 12-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #1 
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Red spot on gills

So, Quasimodo is my new fish I adopted from my sister who "rescued" him from Wal-Mart (I already gave her that lecture). She had him for a month or two and he improved greatly. This poor little guy has been though a lot! He had pop eye at one point, hence the white ring around his eye. Before I got him, his fins started to curl at the ends. He's in a 2.5 gallon tank with a live plant (Java Fern) and two fakes. He has salt and Bettafix in his tank as well as a filter (cartridge removed due to meds). He's a very dark little fish and I only noticed a red spot on each of his gill flaps (perculum?) when I was taking pictures with flash to show my sister how he was doing. My sister has another betta, which, surprisingly enough, was very healthy when she bought him. Compared to her fish, mine seems to behave relatively normally; he swims around and his swimming has improved, but is not as energetic as her fish.


He eats well, though I cannot tell if he's resting more than he should be. He's never had a current before and I wonder if the Whisper 1-3 is just more than he's used to and he'll be fine in another week or two or if this thing on his gills is starting to make him lethargic at times. He's not gasping or anything. He moves around alright. I'll be monitoring his behaviour to see if he's just lazy or being affected by the Thing or the filter.

He's been in this tank for a week and I am going to do a 50% water change today even thought I tested his parameters and they were fine. I know I overfeed him (the flakes fall out of the bottle even when I don't completely remove the cap) and I'm going to try to fix that.

So, what might this red spot be? Will his tail uncurl? What can I do to bring out his color?

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Old 12-06-2010, 11:32 AM   #2 
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I think red gills come frome unclean water and/or conditions, but I'm not certain.
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If his water is unclean, it must be due to food. His parameters checked out nicely, though. I try hard not to overfeed him. I did a 100% water change just in case and it's now waiting to reach the appropriate temperature. Nothing in his tank was slimy. Can anyone tell if this is a sore, irritation, open wound? It looks to me like an irritation that might become an open sore, the way dry skin does. Does anyone know how long it takes to progress and recede?

Look at that sad little "In the Arms of the Angels" face! Help me help him, please!

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Well, for what I know and can see on the picture, the "red spot" must be the "beard" beneath the operculum (gill cover) that every male has. Many can't close the operculum right and the "beard" kind of always shows. Try to make him flare and see how it looks. The curling, I'm sorry to tell you this, but it won't go away. It's not something bad for the betta though. The curling is caused by bad water quality but, if you keep his water clean, the curling won't go any further. As for his color, time, warm water and nutritious foods will bring it back. Try to give him some life foods, that will make him happy. Good luck with your little one!
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Well, for what I know and can see on the picture, the "red spot" must be the "beard" beneath the operculum (gill cover) that every male has. Many can't close the operculum right and the "beard" kind of always shows. Try to make him flare and see how it looks. The curling, I'm sorry to tell you this, but it won't go away. It's not something bad for the betta though. The curling is caused by bad water quality but, if you keep his water clean, the curling won't go any further. As for his color, time, warm water and nutritious foods will bring it back. Try to give him some life foods, that will make him happy. Good luck with your little one!

Unfortunately, he doesn't flare! I showed him a mirror and he ignored it. He may not have seen it for the reflection on the tank, but he seems to look at his reflection and inspect it, but he doesn't flare for it. Maybe after all that time in the Evil Empire he became used to other fish? It's actually ON the operculum, though, not under it.

I'm sorry to hear his fins won't unfurl! It'd be easier to gauge his health if they did, but it's good to know it's not necessarily bad.

Thanks!
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