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Old 01-16-2011, 09:09 PM   #1 
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Strange behavior while breathing from surface?

My new pretty white PK, Anael, is doing something sort of strange. When he comes to the surface, sometimes he takes 3-5 gulps of air. Not constantly-- but when he's flaring or nibbling and spitting flakes he does it. He seems pretty active and healthy otherwise. I can't tell you if his color's faced though, as he's a white fish. >>;


Housing
What size is your tank? 10 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76 Fahrenheit -- Heater is set at 80 but my room is pretty nippy.

Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 Male betta, divided

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Life Spectrum Betta Formula 1mm semi-floating pellets

How often do you feed your betta fish? N/A-- just finally tempted him to eat a few

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, sometimes aquarium salt if the fish look down or stressed

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? N/A

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? N/A
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not sure if it's a change-- but he's been gulping a lot of air when he goes up to breathe. He looks and acts pretty fine-- but I noiced first when I was coating him to eat a pellet by mixing it with the fish flakes he would nip at but spit out. He came up, took a breath-- and then stayed up and took about three more while swimming forward. He does it sometimes when he flares at his tankmate too, but not constantly.

When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Aquarium Salt + Water changes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown, 3rd day of owning
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown, Petco fish. xD
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:10 PM   #2 
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I can't offer anything, as I am not very experienced, but I hope he's okay and if not that he will get better.
My guy is doing the same thing right now with the gulping and lunging forward as he does it, except his air bubbles keep coming out from under his gills.
Hopefully someone can explain the behavior and hopefully it's harmless.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #3 
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I hope so too. I noticed a few bubbles coming out from the gills. It's just... I've had three other fish and never seen it. Maybe it's just an unusual behavior? I hope so. *sighs* Anael is so pretty ad I doubt I'd find another plakat like him.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:22 PM   #4 
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I cant think of anything really he may just be controling his swim bladder but if its more then normal he may have a swim bladder problem if he is gulping air constantly
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