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Old 10-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #1 
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Bloated Tummy and Red Gills?

I've noticed my veiltails tummy has been kind of bloated ( but up until now my grandma has been overfeeding them) and also when he flares the area around there looks more red than usual (it's always red...it's his coloration). Should I be concerned?

Housing
What size is your tank? - 10 gallon divided in 3
What temperature is your tank? - 73-75
Does your tank have a filter? - Yes
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? - 2 other bettas...divided

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? - 2 pellets twice a day

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? - 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - Prime Water Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? - No


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - Swollen midsection and reddish gills
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - Hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - 2 weeks ago max
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - Cut down to 1 pellet twice a day
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - Just tailbiting
How old is your fish (approximately)? - I've had him since August 8, 2010

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Old 10-24-2011, 09:25 PM   #2 
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It might be from bloating.

I have my 10 gallon divided into 3 sections as well, but I do a 90% or more water change every week because of there being 3 bettas. Maybe your boy has some slight ammonia burn issues along with bloating?

Also, your temp could be warmer, which would help with digesting food in a better manner. Try for maybe 78.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:47 PM   #3 
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My ammonia meter has never changed colors and my other fish seem fine so idk. And that's as high as my heater will get it and I can't afford another one :/ But it's been like that for over a year and they all seem perfectly happy.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #4 
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It might just be due to being overfed then. Fast him for a few days to let everything work through his system. If anything goes wrong or he has trouble swimming, qt him immediately.

I know Oldfishlady has said that the ammonia meters that you just stick in the tank (Not the test kit) tend to be less reliable.
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I know they're not the best. I tested it with an ammonia bottle though and it instantly changed color. But I've seen no other signs in my fish so I think everything is fine where that's concerned.
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It sounds like it. Just keep a close eye on everyone in case it's an illness. And fast your boy for now to see if that helps him out any.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #7 
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Thanks! How long should I fast for?
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:19 PM   #8 
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I'd say 2 days.
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