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Old 05-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Bump on my betta

I'm very worried about my betta, I purchased him from Petco yesterday. My boyfriend convinced me to get him, both of us knowing there was a bump on his back in between his fins (the tall white thing). It looks like a rock is stuck on him, or like it's a raised scab or scar(maybe, but unlikely). It's positioned in the direct center and visible from both sides of him. I just put him in his tank today, so I know that shouldn't be a concern. I would really love someone with knowledge of betta fish, considering this is my first and I have no idea what i'm doing. I would like to treat him before anything bad happens. I provided two pictures, I'm not sure which one is better quality. Thank you!

What size is your tank? 0.5
What temperature is your tank? room temperature
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? nutrafin max (came with the tank) but purchased Aqueon Betta Pellets Betta Food
How often do you feed your betta fish?

How often do you perform a water change? first day in tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? n/a
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? added nutrafin beta plus (came in beta kit) but purchased API Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? no, i purchased him like this
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? i noticed he was spitting up his food, but i may have overfed him
When did you start noticing the symptoms? n/a
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no, im not sure if there's a serious problem
Does your fish have any history of being ill? n/a
How old is your fish (approximately)? i dont know
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:09 PM   #2 
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Does this seem like a fungal infection to anyone else. I don't know of any parasites like this. The fish looks okay regardless. But you never know.

So... first things first. No matter what it is, the first step in treating any betta is clean warm water. And lots of it. That means a bigger tank. People use different sizes ranging from 1 gallon to 20 gallons. I only use a one gallon as my hospital/treatment tank. You should upgrade him to a larger one as soon as you can. At least 2 gallons if it will be a permanent home. Also, a filter will help keep the water clean and lessen the chances of him getting worse or developing a new infection. A heater will keep the water MUCH more comfortable for him, and again will keep his immune system strong enough to help fend off illness. So larger tank, filter, and heater.

Secondly, you'll want to make sure that you treat him with medicine, as a precaution. I would start a fungal medication. Pet stores will carry some. An employee should be able to point some out. I've had good luck with Jungle brand Fungus Clear. You could also add some aquarium salt. One teaspoon per gallon unless the medication says that you can't combine it with salt. Salt and warm water is an incredible combination in fighting infection.

If you decide to upgrade his tank, you should perform the following steps to make sure that his transition is as smooth as possible: Make sure to set up the tank and let the temperature even out before you add the fish. Just put the fish in a cup or open bag (the one he came in probably) and float it in the new tank for 15 to 30 minutes to let the temperatures balance out slowly. Then start adding small amounts of the new tank's water into the cup/bag. I do about 5ml at a time, with about 15 minutes between each addition. After maybe a couple of hours, add him to the new tank. This will give his system time to adjust to the new salty water.

If said anything wrong, somebody please correct me! I'm sure I left something out. I usually do. If it's anything other than fungal, the larger and warmer tank will still help out tremendously. Not to mention bring out his color and personality even more.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #3 
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And no flakes. Stick to the pellets. Betta will often spit them out at first. They're picky sometimes and a new home can make them finicky. ALWAYS take out uneaten food. It will only create toxic water.
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