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Bettas tend to flare their fins and ‘dance’ around when they feel threatened. Simon does not appear to be threatened at all, but he did start flaring his beard yesterday and it freaked me out a little. Male bettas have a little dark line under their chins that is sometimes called a beard (for obvious reasons), and yesterday I could see the top edges of it popping out from behind his gills. It scared me a little until I researched it online and found out that it’s actually a good thing, as it means they’re feeling a little fishy testosterone.
Betta Fish Flaring Gills at the camera
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It can be difficult to treat the gills once they have been burned by these toxins but there are steps you can take to help your Betta out. First, do a complete 100% water change being sure to match the new water with the old. Add a good water conditioner, preferably one like Kordon’s AmQuel+ and NovAqua combined, which eliminates chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals AND neutralizes ammonia. While adding aquarium salt to the water isn’t usually necessary for Bettas it can improve gill function for fish exposed to nitrite. Plants, however, often suffer when salt is added. You may not have an issue since Java Ferns are pretty tough plants. White fuzz growing out of gills? Help! :( : bettafish - Reddit
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Myth: Because bettas do not use their gills, there is no need to oxygenate their water.
Reality: While bettas do have a labrynth organ that permits them to breathe air, this does not mean that they do not gill breathe, nor does it mean that there are not risks to keeping them in oxygen deficient water. While healthy bettas do not demand aeration to stay healthy, aeration should always be provided during medical treatments, if the fish is suffering gill distress, or if the fish is having trouble surfacing. Oxygen poor water contributes to anaerobic bacterial blooms, stresses the gills, and in extreme cases of weak fish who can not surface, may result in death. The adaptations bettas have evolved to survive in stagnant water are not an excuse for improper care during sickness. This is a fun one. Hold a mirror up to your betta – or hold your betta up to another betta – and gauge how he reacts. A healthy betta will quickly puff up in reaction to the “other” fish. Once you remove the threat (or, ahem, mirror), his gills should smoothly retract.Like most fish, bettas have gills which they use to take oxygen out of the water. But unlike most fish, bettas also have an internal organ called the labyrinth, which is named after what it looks like, which they use to "breathe" water from the surface. There are many other fish who also have labyrinths, including gouramis, whom bettas are related to. Because they can breathe surface air, oxygen in the water doesn't get depleted as quickly as it would if they were non-labyrinth fish, and this is why bettas don't suffocate after a few hours in a pint vase, as a goldfish would. But this is not an excuse to house them in tiny spaces. Betta's gills are weaker than those of non-labyrinth fish, so having sufficient dissolved oxygen is still an issue, because it's harder for them to get at it. There is not enough surface at the top of most of these vases for enough oxygen to reach the water, so many bettas in these vases spend a lot of time at the top gasping for air. And besides, would you really want one of these beauties to be cooped up in a broom closet when they deserve the Lincoln bedroom?My Crowntail Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish), Rama, is making a bubbles nest is his new tank. He sees the camera and shows off his fins, then sees the camera as a threat and flares his gills. (Sorry for the glare on the glass)