Choking?!

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I just witnessed something kind of scary.

My betta was swimming towards the bottom of the tank. He ate some piece of something. I think it was a stray leaf that fell from one of the Elodeas in the tank and he began to do what looked like choking. His mouth was pushing forward, like when bettas spit out food to break it up, but nothing was coming out. He kept doing this, his pectoral fins and gills were pumping really fast and he was flailing around until he finally got it out. I was kind of paralyzed in horror and I didn't want to act on it and possibly exacerbate things. He ended up eating it again immediately after he choked on it and was fine. What on earth?!

I'm kind of shaken up, but I think things were still stirred up from the water change I did today so there were a lot of floaties. Sheesh. Also, he's fine now.
 

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That does sound scary! I have elodeas in a few tanks. Glad your fish was allright.
 

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Sorry, but that's how many fish chew. Most have gill rakes instead of actual teeth in their throats. It can look like violent choking in some species and sometimes it takes a fish a moment to get whatever they picked up get out again. This only sounds a bit out of the usual.
 

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