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Old 08-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Lumps on sides of my betta

Caviar has noticeable lumps on both sides of his body. I don't know if this was due to overfeeding at the pet store prior before we bought him, but the lumps are very noticeable. He doesn't act out of the ordinary - I just want to know if this is anything to be worried about? If he is constipated, I can possibly try fasting him 2 days out of the week instead of one; maybe even give him a pea?

All opinions and thoughts are welcome and very much appreciated! Thank you!


Housing

What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? Consistently between 80-82 degrees Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? N/A

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 soaked Top Fin Color Enhancing pellets cut in half, 2-3 soaked freeze dried worms occasionally
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times per day, fasts every Sunday

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once per week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? N/A
If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His appearance has flourished since bringing him home: brighter colors, golden scales more visible
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nothing out of normality; still active, adventurous, and responsive
When did you start noticing the symptoms? The lumps on both sides were apparent since we took him home
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown




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Old 08-20-2012, 02:17 PM   #2 
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That's just his swim bladder, from what I can see. Nothing to worry about. It's perfectly normal.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:25 PM   #3 
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Deso,

Thank you so much! He's my first betta =)
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:11 PM   #4 
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He's beautiful! I love solid-blue bettas! :)

Quick pointers: don't give him peas, ever, even if he's constipated. You'll know if he's constipated because he'll swell up dramatically by his ventrals (the two elongated fins under his face). Peas aren't meant for bettas and all it does is irritate their delicate stomachs. Also, don't soak his food from now on, it causes all of the nutrients to disappear into the water.

All in all, Caviar looks like he's in great health. I don't think the pet store was overfeeding him.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #5 
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Good looking out! I'll keep that in mind when I feed him tomorow. Thank you Deso!
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