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I bought my sweet Vladimir today, and he has 1 inflamed gill. I guess I didn't really think about it when I bought him, but now I'm noticing it. And it's just one inflamed gill, not both. He is in a 1 gallon tank, with a light, a heater, and the water has been treated with a conditioner. He has rocks, and a little "log" to hide in. He looks fine with no "cotton" or strange bulges although he does seem to have a "betta beard." Why might he have only one inflamed gill? I bought some "Betta Fix Remedy" which is a Betta Antibiotic (aka Ampicillin) but it will arrive in 3-5 days. Did I make the right choice in purchasing that; do you think I should get something else to fix him? He still has an appetite because I fed him today and he definitely ate the 3 pellets I gave him in under 5 minutes.
 

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Please dont use the bettafix or anything that has fix at the end of it. It has tea tree (or something similar) oil in it and it can damage your bettas labrynth organ.

I bet he's inflamed because he probably had a lot of ammonia in his store cup. I would either treat with just clean warm water.
If you dont notice improvement after a few days you can treat for up to 10 days by adding about a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon (predissolved) and doing a 100% water change every day (unless he's in a cycled or 5+ gallon tank, then just do a large water change every day) when you add new water add back in the amount of salt you removed. Say you were doing a 50% water change on a 2 gallon tank, put back in 1 tsp.

If all else fails and he doesnt do any better then treat with some broad spectrum antibiotics. But, unless he is acting super lethargic and weird I wouldnt think this is a big concern.

Goodluck
 

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my guy had this when i first got him and within a few days of being in his new home the infimation went down and now he looks normal
 

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aquarium salt is just fine. :3 a little added to the water helps with things like ammonia burns and perks them up a little when they feel blah. adding a little to his water won't hurt him one bit. i'm actually treating my new girl with it for ammonia burns on her gills and i already see an improvement!

just add a teaspoon per gallon of water to a cup, mix in water, and add it to his water, a little at a time so you don't shock him. a little ever 10 minutes or so should do it. : D
 

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I'm a bit hesitant on adding salt to the water because aren't Betta fish fresh water fish?
Aquarium salt isn't the same as the salt for salt water. I used aquarium salt a lot for my tail biters and they never have adverse side effects
 

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Okay, so I bought some aquarium salt. I did a 25% water change today with the aquarium salt/conditioner/water mixture. I plan to do it again every 3 days for 2 weeks or less if he gets better, but in 1 week I want to do a 100% water change.
I bought Vladimir some freeze-dried bloodworms; what's your opinion on those? It says they're "Betta snacks" and I want to treat my poor fishy like a king while he's healing. Are they really Betta snacks or should I not use them?
 

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I bought Vladimir some freeze-dried bloodworms; what's your opinion on those? It says they're "Betta snacks" and I want to treat my poor fishy like a king while he's healing. Are they really Betta snacks or should I not use them?
I feed them to my betta's once a week. They can cause bloat if given every day
 

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No more than one once a week and they must be thoroughly soaked in a cup with some tank/treated water for at least 10minutes to thoroughly soften before feeding. It's basically like feeding a really dry potato chip.

What size is your tank and what is the temp?
 

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My tank is 1 gallon and it goes anywhere between 72 to 75. I heard that a Betta needs 75-80 degrees but I can't find a heater powerful enough yet small enough to fit in my tank.
 

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2 gallons is also minimum. In this you can use a 25W heater. Even in this you need twice weekly water changes of 50% and 100%

In this 1g you should do 50% and 100% every day, alternating while he is healing. Water must be same temp - use in tank thermometer and water must be premixed with conditioner before doing water changes.

76-82 is the range but 78-80 is ideal.

I'm sorry but you can't keep him healthy in this current setup.

Also how did you acclimate your betta to new water?
 

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Well I balanced his bowl in the water for about 10 mins, but my arm got tired so then I scooped him up out using a fishnet and put him in the water.
The only reason I got my fish was because I was given the fishtank, but now that I have him I want to take as good of care of him as I can though I'll probably just keep the tank.
 

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You very likely shocked him. He should have gotten a minimum of 30 minutes float, along with several 50% changes with the new tank water in the cup over this time. But ideally an hour soak, and adding a couple tablespoons of new water every 10 minutes.

So this might account for the heavy breathing issues.

Don't know what else to suggest.. just reiterate what I said above about needing clean warm water.
 
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