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Old 07-18-2013, 05:53 PM   #1 
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Is there any hope??! :( cyst, tumor? Need mess?

Hello all... I will try to upload a picture of my betta Carrot. So far all i have done since he developed the small lump is keep his water clean and warm and use Epsom salts only about 1 tablespoon at each weekly change. He is in a ten gallon but I only fill it halfway now to be sure he ca get air easily. I've seen medicines suggested - maracyn 1 and 2, but I'm so confused by them. And so afraid of making it worse. I read that if it bursts, whatever it is, he may still live and be okay? I've had several bettas and never seen this before. It's so sad I can barely look at him at times! I also read that f it's a tumor there is nothing you can do but make them comfortable. But now I'm wondering if there is something else I should be doing or trying! He currently swims less than before, but whe he does he bends and twists and does not appear to be in pain or avoiding that side. He also is eating just fine! He started getting picky with my frozen brine shrimp so I went back to certain pellets I knew he always liked and he's been eating those once per day. Can anyone offer any help??? We thank you in advance!
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #2 
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Hi... Can you get a clearer photo of him? I see the lump, but it would be helpful if we could see it in better focus. Also, so that we have more info, could you please fill out the form below?

What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
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How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
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Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
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