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Old 04-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Betta Gill Infection!

Hey I am new to this forums site, any ways; so my Pink Male Betta has a gill problem, his gills have some sort of like a wired Red sore.. it's an bacterial infection I think, and it is causing its gills to do weird things.. Like it randomlly opens wide. I have him in a 1 Gallon, tank.. With a little bit of gravel, I have the water in there with aquarim salt, water conditioner, and a little bit of ick removal added in there, and I change the water 50% every Sunday. In addition I have 40G tropical community tank with Paties, Mollies, Tetras, Swordtails, etc. I have not added him in because there first of all he is sick and secondly he might fight. So I guess my questions are; How do I treat my betta? and, Can I put it in my 40G?

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:47 PM   #2 
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It is a result of ammonia poisoning I'm afraid. This is usually caused by excessive amounts of ammonia and to be honest, and fair. I'm not surprised. A 50 percent weekly is not nearly enough and you should ideally be doing a 100% and a 50% water change for ammonia to be in safe levels. I would be doing daily water changes, and it might go away but most likely not, I also wouldn't place him in the large tank as swordtails are nippy
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It is a result of ammonia poisoning I'm afraid. This is usually caused by excessive amounts of ammonia and to be honest, and fair. I'm not surprised. A 50 percent weekly is not nearly enough and you should ideally be doing a 100% and a 50% water change for ammonia to be in safe levels. I would be doing daily water changes, and it might go away but most likely not, I also wouldn't place him in the large tank as swordtails are nippy
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! What are some things I can now to to help my fish fight this, shall I buy some sort of medicine?
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #4 
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It isn't any disease of some sort. Yet a symptom of excessive ammonia content within the enclosed ecosystem. In a 1 gallon, there is small chance of establishing a stable aquarium nitrogen cycle, and growing the bacteria that oxidizes ammonia into nitrites which are both very harmful. Bit then nitrites are then turned into nitrates which arent as dangerous as the other two. So with not being able to minimize the ammonia levels. It builds up very quickly and ammonia poisoning is very common in such tanks without the ideal water changes.

You can't treat this but you can prevent it by doing proper water changes of around one 50% and one 100% water change weekly.

There is no way of eliminating the redness but doing the ideal water changes you can minimize the irritation and prevent it from getting, and progressing any further. The redness will sometimes go away if you keep the water extremely clean but is sometimes permenant
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Thank You, I will try that! Do you happen to know a good and regularly updated (like this one) Tropical Fish forms site? Thanks Again!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #6 
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Your welcome! I do know quite a few l but it would be against the forum rules to name them so what about tropicalfishkeeping.com
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Great! Thank You
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:18 PM   #9 
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Tropical fish keeping is the same site as this one, so just log in with your info from here and you'll be set up...
Hope your little guy prevails.
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