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Old 06-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Betta has tumor?

My male betta has had a tumor growth on his side for the past few months. It's been getting bigger now. I'm pretty sure it's not dropsy. I clean his whole bowl every 3-4 weeks, and I feed him Aqueon betta pellets. His behavior has been normal, and he doesn't act sick.

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Old 06-28-2011, 12:33 PM   #2 
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....woah woah woah woah!! You clean his bowl every 3 to 4 WEEKS!? O__O;
In a BOWL, you need to be doing DAILY water changes! It looks a lot like ammonia poisoning to me, more than a tumor. Ammonia burns are due to the ammonia build up in your bowl/tank.
May I suggest you either 1) clean his bowl 50%-80% every day and then do at least one 100% change a week or 2) get him a bigger tank (2.5gal at least) and do one 50% and one 100% each week.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:42 PM   #3 
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Unhappy

It's my fault for being lazy and not cleaning his bowl. I would upgrade him to a larger tank, but my parents won't let me upgrade him to a 5 gallon because I already have a 38 gallon aquarium for my orandas, a 5 gallon tank for my other male betta, and another 1/2 gallon vase for my female betta.

I also tested the water, and I agree it must be an ammonia burn.

ph - 6.8 ppm
ammonia - 5 ppm
nitrite - 5 ppm (yikes!)
nitrate - 30 ppm

I will try to get my parents to let me upgrade his tank, but for now I will try to stay on top of cleaning his bowl everyday.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:47 PM   #4 
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yeaahhh that would be it. Hmmm what if you divided the 5 gal.? That way each betta would get 2.5 gals each? I house my two males in a 5gal together (with a divider of course!) They're easy to make too! I just bought those plastic essay holders you use for papers for class and punch some holes in it and cut to fit! :D
^__^ That way you'd have to do less water changes. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:51 PM   #5 
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Thanks, I have a question about the divider though, if I do get one, should the two males be allowed to see each other or should I get a divider that is solid and not see through.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:57 PM   #6 
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I have a see through one, and my males just ignore each each other. It's really up to you. :)
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:00 PM   #7 
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Hmmm, I think I'll get a non see through divider because whenever I let the males look at eachother they go crazy, (flaring, swimming around rapidly, etc).

Thanks for the help :]
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Hahaha, it won't hurt them if they do that anyways! xD But sounds good!
Good luck!
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*Update* I've divided my 5 gallon tank. Its been like that for a month now, but both fish have fin loss/fin rot, and potato's (the white betta) bump on the side has gotten bigger.

The water parameters are normal, ph 7, o ammonia, 0 nitrites, and the nitrates was around 10-15ppm. I dont understand why both fish have fin loss on their tails.

I've been treating the tank with melafix, and it seems to be helping the fins grow back, but Im convinced Potato has a tumor, not an ammonia burn.
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