Betta Choking Help

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by LucineT, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. LucineTValued MemberMember

    I think my betta is choking and I don't know what to do. I gave him and his tankmates some rehydrated freeze dried brine shrimp. There was a piece that I didn't break down properly and when I went to check on him, he was swimming round with a big piece in his mouth.

    I managed to net him and pull out the pieces but when I let him go, he sank right to the bottom. He's netted right now and opening and shutting his mouth real big. The net is still submerged in his home tank so he can lie down like he wants to and still be close to the surface

    Is there anything I can do to help him? Or is this just a waiting game at this point?

    Also I just noticed that his right fin is clamped down to his body but his left is still flapping about

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  2. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    Okay, can you see anything in his mouth or throat? Do you have a fry net or a separate quarantine tank?

  3. LucineTValued MemberMember

    I can't see anything else in his mouth. My 1 gallon quarantine tank is currently in use by a cardinal tetra with popeye. This net is the only thing I have for him

  4. DylanMWell Known MemberMember

    Are his gills still moving?
  5. LucineTValued MemberMember

    His gills are still moving. He's unclamped the right fin when he's trying to move about in the net but it's clear he's not favouring it.
    There are still some brine shrimp in there that I'm waiting for it to sink so the striped catfish can get them and Sushi is trying to get to it which is the only reason why he's moving around
  6. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    He can breathe, give him a few minutes to see if he just got stressed out by being netted. Is he still opening his mouth?
  7. LucineTValued MemberMember

    He's fine in the net now that its not moving around. He's alternating between clamping his right fin and swimming around with both fins. But he's trying to get to the brine shrimp outside the net
  8. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    I would just keep an eye on him for a while. When all of the food is gone, you can try to release him from the net if he looks normal.
  9. LucineTValued MemberMember

    The food is mainly gone thanks to the platies but he's definitely still clamping until he sees me. He's in a 50 gallon and I'm worried if I let him go, he's going to sink to the bottom again and have difficulty getting to the surface to breathe
  10. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    Is your net a good size? Large enough for him to circle around?
  11. LucineTValued MemberMember

    It's small but he can swim back and forth and turn round. It's also submerged by three inches or so
  12. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    If your concerned about him but he looks comfortable enough you can leave him in the net overnight.
  13. LucineTValued MemberMember

    I might do that. Thank you!
  14. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    Keep us updated on his condition!
  15. LucineTValued MemberMember

    I will. Hopefully he learns his lesson. Next time I'm at my LFS, I'll get that breeding net just in case
  16. LucineTValued MemberMember


    I came into work this morning and checked on Sushi and found a very big poop at the bottom of the net. He's also using both fins better now so I've let him loose into his tank again.
    So far he's back to normal and swims up whenever I walk pass. :D
  17. FieryskysValued MemberMember

    Glad to hear he's doing better!
  18. CanadianFishFanWell Known MemberMember

    id love to see a photo just incase. Sounds like he was just stressed. ive seen what a actual chokeing betta looks like and thats not it.
  19. LucineTValued MemberMember

    Sure. He's a little hard to get a photo of because he doesn't like sitting still

    He's back to his usual self, alternating between his driftwood cave and patrolling the open water space. He just gets a little wild whenever I stand in front of the aquarium because he thinks I'm going to feed everyone
  20. TwoTonedTankerValued MemberMember

    Wow, he must’ve been a bit constipated, that might’ve been what the fun clamping was, lol!
    Has happened to my fish a few times, he usually gets very exited after a big poop.
    Then off to a water change! Lol, I don’t want a giant turn floating around, he has a habit of eating, err, gross stuff..
    Glad to hear yours is doin better! Would love to see a picture! Here’s a picture of mine, Ghost!


    Oops! Have two of the same photo! Haha

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