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Old 12-14-2010, 01:46 AM   #1 
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gills dont close...?

my healing crowntail doesnt close its gills all the way.. i think its because of the black thing inside being too big (the thing shows when he flares). and his gills looks inflamed. what should i do? qt the betta or keep it with my other bettas in the 10gal? what additive should i give him?

-dont want him to be sick because he is in the process of growing back his badly torn apart fins.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:09 PM   #2 
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If he came from poor conditions with long term high ammonia he may be suffering from ammonia burns to the gill and depending on how severe the ammonia burn he may end up with scar tissue in the gills and this can cause the gill plate to appear to stick out....sometimes the scar tissue will reduce with good care but often it will not and they will always have the appearance of the gill plate sticking out...depending on how bad the scar tissue-it can cause long term problems and shorten their life span

Lots of clean dechlorinated water and water changes and limit the type dechlorinator that has all the additives like aloe-the aloe coating can make it harder for them-if he seem to be breathing hard/faster than normal the use of Epsom salt 1tsp/gal 10 day treatment every month can be helpful-also use of tannins seems to ease them as well...depending on how much scar tissue is around the gill rakes.
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If he came from poor conditions with long term high ammonia he may be suffering from ammonia burns to the gill and depending on how severe the ammonia burn he may end up with scar tissue in the gills and this can cause the gill plate to appear to stick out....sometimes the scar tissue will reduce with good care but often it will not and they will always have the appearance of the gill plate sticking out...depending on how bad the scar tissue-it can cause long term problems and shorten their life span

Lots of clean dechlorinated water and water changes and limit the type dechlorinator that has all the additives like aloe-the aloe coating can make it harder for them-if he seem to be breathing hard/faster than normal the use of Epsom salt 1tsp/gal 10 day treatment every month can be helpful-also use of tannins seems to ease them as well...depending on how much scar tissue is around the gill rakes.
........ no wonder....... i have been using api betta water conditioner... (with aloe vera & green tea extract).... well idk it says makes water safe for bettas....
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