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Old 07-18-2012, 09:43 PM   #11 
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It is good to know what to expect in a general way. I will keep him comfortable.
Thanks again for all your interest in my little guy.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:48 PM   #12 
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No problem. You're doing a great job caring for him. :) Keep me updated.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #13 
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Update

Just an update on my little Denim......he is doing well! The situation is stable and he seems happy. He is eating well and swimming. He responds when I approach his tank. So, all things considered....status quo is good.
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That's great news, good to hear. :)
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:13 AM   #15 
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Demin Update and a question

Denim has another month under his belt, so to speak. He continues to eat.

Recently, though, he has started hanging out at the bottom of the tank. Is this indicative of anything? Prior to this he usually stayed at the top near the cord for the heater. I also noticed recently when at the top his back half starts to sink, as if he has to try harder to stay at the top.

Thank you for any input you can give me.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #16 
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What a little survivor! Yay Denim!

When he stays at the bottom, does he just lay there and gasp or does he rest normally? These all could be indicators that it's just getting harder for him to carry that tumor around. :( As long as he doesn't seem to be in any distress, he should be fine. If you want, you can try to find tall plants or betta logs for him to rest in near the top.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:10 AM   #17 
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Thanks so much for your help.
He does not seem in distress. But it does look at though he struggles to get to the top. I have plants that would keep him near the top, but he does not use them. Should I consider putting him in a bowl that is more shallow so he can reach the top more easily?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #18 
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You can put him in a bowl or you can just lower the water level in his current tank. The size of the tumor may be pressing against his swimbladder, causing him diminished control over it. I'm glad to hear he's not in distress though. What a little trooper. :)
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #19 
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signs of distress?

Hi!

I have tried to search the forum for the signs of distress that would indicate my little guy is getting worse, because I feel he may be starting to decline further. His little gills are very active as he lays on the bottom of his tank this AM. He was not as responsive when I approached the tank and it took some prodding before he would swim up to the top to eat. But he is still eating daily. So could you let me know what to look for?

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Those sounds like symptoms of distress all right. Rapid breathing, rapid gill movement, gasping, just laying there and being unwilling to move . . . all signs of distress. :(
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