Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
It is viral in nature and so yes it can be passed to other fish, however, it is hard to pass if the other fish have strong immune systems...I would not use him for breeding
Sometimes it will get really big and then open up and start oozing fluids usually white/yellow/red in color-heal up-go away-come back....sometimes they can get fairly big and impede the fish ability to swim, eat, live...etc.....depending on its location....you can manually remove it-but this in of itself can be stressful on the fish and yes, when the fish is suffering you have to do what is right by the fish......
Good luck.....poor guy has multi problems going on-give him some time, good nutrition and quiet dim lit good water quality and build his immune response and he may surprise you by fighting it off on his own.....
*pushes plate of medium eggs with ketchup away* >.>;;
Yeah, I'm doing my best to try and see if he gets better...he's still relatively active, but I just checked on him and now he's swimming weird..still active but..it just doesn't seem *right*. Hard to explain. It's like he's swimming off-center. Not SBD funny, but just erratic and tilting about 2 mm off-center toward his side with a wound.
The ventral fins are looking duller... if I'm not mistaken, they almost look like they're dying off. They don't stick out from under his body anymore - they're wispy in nature (not size-wise, the way they flow in water) and get pulled with the mini current his pectoral fins create.
As for removing the lump, could I give him some sort of natural anesthetic? I'm not sure what they use for goldfish, but I bet whatever they use the dosage or the chemical is probably wayyyy too strong for a betta.
As for breeding...I don't think I would breed him if he arrived healthy. His fins are pretty and his colors as well, but the tail really isn't ideal and his head is a bit...small. He was just a Christmas present by my fiance =) Supporting my betta habits, ha ha.
I'll try to keep his status updated...he's just not acting normally at the moment. I'm not exactly sure what behavior shows crossing the line of suffering other than going "belly up" and/or gasping for air...is there a way to tell sooner so he doesn't start suffering and hurting before the "at death's door stage"? =/