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Old 04-24-2013, 01:54 AM   #1
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Betta gill


Just brought home a pet smart white crown tail male betta. He is pure white. Under his gill plate and sticking out on each side there is a black speck which looks like a large speck of course ground pepper. I have never seen this before. I thought it was just part of his pigment but it is definitely more like a skin flap inside the gill cover. Anyone familiar with this?
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:33 AM   #2
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Do you have a picture?
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:46 AM   #3
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Is it his beard? Some males have visible beards even when they aren't flaring. Here's a picture from google showing what it looks like:

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Old 04-24-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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I'm betting based on the description that its ^
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I will try to get a pic. On both sides it just kind of flaps around.
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Another picture. He acts normal. I don't think there is illness here. Unless its some kind of worm in there. You can't really see anything here. Only how pretty he is. Lol
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He held fairly still to take these pics I was surprised
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From that last picture i'm thinking beard still.
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Where on the pictures is the speck you see? I'm guessing it is his beard also. Have you tried to look at him from underneath, a good view of his belly? On my male I can see his beard really well from the underneath even when he isn't flaring. If you put a mirror up to his tank and he flares, does that change the location of the spot?

He's a really pretty betta.
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Thanks I never heard of the beard until today. Lol I have had bettas for years. Thanks
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He doesn't flare up easily. I have only seen him do it once. He seems to enjoy looking at himself very much. I have another betta tank next to this one and I can let them look at each other but I don't like to do that too much. He won't flare at the other betta either. He has flared at me once. Lol
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:37 PM   #12
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When he breathes and swims or surface gulps the spot moves up and down and sometimes sticks straight out. If you can imagine a skin tag on a person it's just what it looks like cept coming from under the gill plate. It's on both sides but one side is larger. It's odd. I still love him though.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:31 AM   #13
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That sounds normal for a betta
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