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Old 06-09-2012, 11:10 PM   #1 
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Question not sure what this is? maybe pop-eye?

1st thing: my little dragon scale betta, Charlie, that I have had for about 6 months now, has a weird white growth area on him. At first I thought it was fungus but realized it didn't look fuzzy, but rather hard. It's like the scales doubled up on themselves or something. It started off as a small speck and has been slowly spreading on his right side. He doesn't show any change in activity, still his usual active little self. I know I read somewhere that it is possible for dragon scales to get tumors. I seriously hope that is not the case!

2nd thing: I also read that they can develop a kind of coloring on their eyes. His left eye is partially covered by the same silvery coloring as the rest of his body. However, just today I noticed that the same eye seems a little larger than the other. Could it be pop-eye? Again, I hope not! Name:  IMG_20120609_224723.jpg
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Here are some pics. It was hard for me to get one since he always seems to move when I try to capture it.

Anybody have any ideas on what this is and how I can treat it? I want Charlie to live a long happy life. so far, he has still been making his bubbles and looks a little agitated when I change his water and pretty much destroy them and he has to start over :/ aww.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:04 PM   #2 
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He could have scaling over his eye, beginning. It's common for dragonscales I find. As for the "tumor" possibility, any betta can get tumors. Just watch it... There'sno fuzz, so it isn't fungal. If it IS a tumor there are a good number of people on here who have had tumor bettas, including me here is a picture of my guy. The dark blue bubbled area was his tumor.

Does it look kinda like that? with the "raised" or uneven scaling, bubbled or "swollen"?
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #3 
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About the eye: when I look at him from the top, the assumed affected eye looks a little more bulgy. from the front, it also looks a little more round than the other. I'm not sure of that could exactly be scaling making it bubbly looking. Thinking I should get some medicine for it tomorrow.

What I think is a tumor does look raised and uneven looking. It's a brighter white compared the silvery coloring of the rest of his body. It's like a lumpy, fused scale looking blob. Almost as if the scales kept growing over themselves and thickening.
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That's about right for the tumor...

What size of tank and how often is it cleaned, how much is it cleaned, and is it cycled...?
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with a tumor, more often than not, you can't get rid of it. i HAVE heard of people getting rid of them with medication, but i can't for the life of me remember HOW....
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That's about right for the tumor...

What size of tank and how often is it cleaned, how much is it cleaned, and is it cycled...?
size of tank: 2.5 G
at least 50% water change once a week
I dont think a tank my size can even be cycled :/
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Hmm okay, just checking and nope it "could" be cycled, but it would be terribly unstable.
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with a tumor, more often than not, you can't get rid of it. i HAVE heard of people getting rid of them with medication, but i can't for the life of me remember HOW....
what did they give them, chemo?
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:21 AM   #9 
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any particular medicine(s) recommended for pop-eye?
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:54 PM   #10 
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maracyn 2 works well, I've used it...


or, a non-med like method is with epsom salt. pre-dissolve 1-3 teaspoons, clean the water every day, and re-add the salt you removed
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