Thank you so much for replying, Oldfishlady! I managed to build up the confidence and I put him in a wide bowl with shallow water. It took a while to get him to keep still, but I managed to gently pull it out and boy was it long. A bit of his fin is tattered on the edge and right now he's isolated in a dim, quiet spot. I'll keep an eye on his fins!
Depending on how comfortable you feel....you could try to remove it with tweezer or your fingers or just leave it alone-If the Betta doesn't seem to be bothered by it and can still eat, breath, swim...etc....without any problems-it might be best to just leave it alone and it should resolve on its own with time-But if it is causing problems you may need to intervene and manually remove it
Hello, I was recommended by a fellow user to contact you regarding my question. My betta fish tried to eat a half inch long piece of java fern root when the piece floated around. He couldn't swallow it and so he tried to spit it back out by opening his mouth wide repeatedly and flaring to flush out his gills. The root somehow ended out lodged into his left gill. When he flares, it sticks right out along with his gill. What can I do,OFL?