Gill Flukes? Help

  1. Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    Short version is that I’ve treated my betta for gill flukes twice with PraziPro after a diagnosis via members here. It’s been a month or two now however and it’s not better. When he flares, only his right side comes out. His left only partly moves. I noticed the gills seemed to flare out more than my other bettas, and his scales at some point started looking almost ragged from a profile (my others don’t look like this). The left gill doesn’t move when he’s breathing the way the right one does. His activity level and appetite are fine. He’s showing no symptoms. I can’t actually see ant parasites. Last water check was 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5-10 nitrate. Temp is 78-79F.

    Is there something else I should try? Is there a chance the gill is just sticking out from scar tissue?

    I’ve had him since June 2017. He was in a 1 gallon tank with an under gravel filter for 5 months, and I had come here for help with his anubias that was sick, and because his fins looked clamped. Ended up there were low amounts of ammonia in his water (.25-.5ppm). Well, I got some great advice, and moved him into a 5 gallon with an internal filter and a better heater in November. He’s a koi betta so he’s rather active with his shorter fins. I’m just not sure what’s going on at this point and if I should even worry. Thank you for any help in advance!
     
  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Giving this a bump up for you
     
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    Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    Thank you!
     


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    Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    Bump?
     
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    Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    Well he started acting a bit weird, and is hanging out at the bottom of the tank. But whenever I come over and he sees me he’ll come to the top at the front. It almost looks like he’s hunting in the gravel. Maybe he’s looking for detritus worms?
     
  6. Ulu

    Ulu Well Known Member Member

    I thought the PraziPro would kill those worms too?

    Maybe he didn't get enough of it?

    But I can't tell you because I am just about to treat a betta with PraziPro for the first time ever.
     
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    Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    I’m not sure. He’s still alive and fighting some fin rot but he’s okay otherwise. One side just doesn’t really move. I have no idea why. Maybe scar tissue from something?? Who knows....
     
  8. Ulu

    Ulu Well Known Member Member

    IMO the best thing you can do for a Betta is keep changing the water.

    Mine seems to have no ill effects from the meds, but I am just using it as a prophylactic measure. I think the betta is fine but there are other fish in that same tank that needed treatment, so I decided to include him as well.
     
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    Zypher023

    Zypher023 Valued Member Member

    He’s still having the issue where only one side flares. Haven’t figured it out so I just sort of stopped worrying about it. But if I can fix it I’d like to if anyone has a suggestion?