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Pets: 5 dogs, 4 fish tanks, 2 frogs
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Normally I don’t go on here for my rescue bettas. I usually know what to do.

But this time I’m stumped over one thing. Maybe it’s obvious but I can’t figure out.

His one gill sticks out weirdly.

How many gallons is your tank? 1
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No

What food brand do you use? Aqeoun. Omega one. Nutrition 1. Bug bites.
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Both
Freeze-dried? No
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? I do it once or twice a week
What percentage of water did you change? 50 or 75 percent
What is the source of your water? Tap and culligan
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Both
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 5
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.5
Hardness (GH): 60
Alkalinity (KH): 80

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? When I bought him
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? Nothing really
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? I don’t know
Is your Betta still eating? Seems interested but won’t eat
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Betta revive and Pimafix for his fungal infection
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? I don’t know
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? Yup!

He has swimbladder fungal infection and whatever this is: the first pic is most accurate

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That condition is known as gill hyperplasia. It can be scar tissue that has grown over due to a previous injury. It could have happened due to bad water conditions in his previous situation - ammonia poisoning, or something like that. It can also be caused by gill flukes, but you would see him rubbing against things in the tank, and gasping for air along with some possible lesions on on near the gills.

There could be an infection behind the gill plate (behind the operculum). It could be fungal or bacterial. Do you see anything behind it? Anything that might be white, off-white, or yellow, like fungus or infection?

Aquarium salt could help, since you are already medicating for other things.

He probably needs small daily water changes.

His gill may remain that way depending on the reason. It will make him rely on his labyrinth organ more if it remains open and swollen like that. He will always need really clean water if it stays that way.

I hope this helps!
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