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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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I can't really tell from the pic but is it his beard you are talking about? The thing that pops out when they flair..or is it actually his gill that is sticking out?

Is it like the pic below? If so, that's normal. If it is his gill - I'm not sure what would cause that.

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None, on well water so no chlorine to worry about. Water sits out at least 24 hours before change.
Not sure if it would affect his gill but I would suggest using a water conditioner. It's not only chlorine they remove - It's also heavy metals in the water as well. some also remove ammonia and nitrite. Any fish water conditioner will do. I like stress coat but a lot of people use seachem's prime. There are plenty of others to choose from as well.
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he may have some type of scare tissue under it that is causing it to stick out..maybe an old ammonia burn? If he is acting fine, i wouldnt worry, just keep an eye on him in case something should develop.

Like the other person said there are some parasites that affect the gills but I would think he would not be acting normal if that were the case.

You can try 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon in case there is a bacterial infection. Premix 1 teaspoon of AQ salt in a gallon of water - wait for it to disolve and slowly acclimate him to the new water. This is easiest to do in a 1-2 gallon container or tank because you should be doing 100% water changes for as long as you use the salt. do not use for more then 10 or so days.
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