Red gills, is this ammonia poisoning?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by SilverMIssy, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. SilverMIssy

    SilverMIssyValued MemberMember

    So I noticed that my guy's left gill is looking a little red. The other looks fine. I need advice on how to proceed. Not sure if I'm just over analyzing and that's how his gills always were or if they are actually irritated. I did a 20% water change Wed when ammonia hit .50 ppm and another 25% water change friday due to my ammonia level reaching 1 ppm within two days. Right now the ammonia has stayed .25-.50 ppm for 2 days and I've dosed prime both those days with stability.

    Notice how the right is not as red:

    He is acting normal with no heavy breathing.
  2. happyfins14

    happyfins14Valued MemberMember

    This happened with my betta after he was in a 1/2 gallon hospital bowl for a week. Despite daily water changes his gills did redden. I recommend doing a 50% water change and cleaning the gravel, then testing the water either by taking a cup to Petco or Petsmart or by using a liquid test kit. Good luck!
  3. OP

    SilverMIssyValued MemberMember

    I'm not sure if the photo's are visible so I'll post again.

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    My tank is not cycled yet so I was hoping to stay away from cleaning the gravel just yet.

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  4. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    My veiltail betta is blue and one of his fins also has a red streak on one of his fins and it's been like that so I can only assume he came with that way. Maybe yours is the same way.

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  5. happyfins14

    happyfins14Valued MemberMember

    Yes it could just be his natural coloring. If only one gill is red I wouldn't worry :)