Betta Gasping

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So I did a water change on my three 10 gallon Betta tanks today. I did it like I normally do.. heated the water to the exact same temp, added Prime etc.. it's been about an hour since I did the water changes and one of my male veil tails was acting perfectly normal but then I saw him where he makes his bubble nest and he looked like he was gasping underwater like trying to swallow a bunch of times with bubbles coming out of his gills. I opened the top to see if he would respond and he did. He came to the top and now he's fine again like nothing ever happened. His fins aren't clamped he's not lethargic his gill breathing is normal. I don't get it.. what could of caused this? It scared me to death..
 
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Maybe the fishy version of a hiccup? If he seems okay now, I don't think there is anything to worry about. Just keep being observant in case something else happens.
Thank you for replying. Maybe your right because he's back to normal swimming around and chasing my finger and acting very interested in food as usual. I lowered the water level just in case because it was pretty high. I was thinking maybe he wasn't getting enough oxygen.. but anyways I really hope he's ok.. I'll keep you updated.
 

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Thank you for replying. Maybe your right because he's back to normal swimming around and chasing my finger and acting very interested in food as usual. I lowered the water level just in case because it was pretty high. I was thinking maybe he wasn't getting enough oxygen.. but anyways I really hope he's ok.. I'll keep you updated.
He wouldn't have gotten better if he was really lacking oxygen. You can always add an airstone with a pump to increase surface agitation to help keep the water oxygenated. Bettas have labyrinth organs which allow them to breathe atmospheric oxygen too!
 
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He wouldn't have gotten better if he was really lacking oxygen. You can always add an airstone with a pump to increase surface agitation to help keep the water oxygenated. Bettas have labyrinth organs which allow them to breathe atmospheric oxygen too!
Thank you that makes sense. I was literally having a panic attack. He's still doing good so maybe it was just a little hiccup. Thank you again for responding.
 
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