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Gill damage or disease???? Pic included

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Hi Everyone--

I changed Jack's tank out today and a couple of hours after returning him to the tank, his left gill flap is extended and some tissue is extruding from the gill. The right gill flap is normal.

I removed him from the tank, removed the new items I'd added, replaced the water with new water and a bit of Epsom salts, and returned him to the tank. So far there's no change in the gill's condition.

Jack seems fine. He's swimming and exploring and ate a couple of pellets. If the gill weren't weird I'd say he's a healthy, happy fish.

Please see the picture below. The problem gill is in the red box.

HELP!?!?! What should I do for him???

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Gill hyperplasia

I am aware this is an old post but people still view it and I thought I could help. This looks most likely to be gill hyperplasia and it is caused by damage or toxins. I recently brought a betta home from work as a child thought it would be amusing to scoop one up and put in in a tank with another. Needles to say, I would have lost my job if I was in that day. In extreme cases it is irreversible but regular water cleansing and aqua salt will help your betta along the road of recovery. Here is a link with more details http://nippyfish.net/sick-betta/gill-hyperplasia/

Hope this helped.
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