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Old 01-31-2013, 10:10 AM   #1 
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Hi, everyone. I have a betta who is getting on in years. I estimate he is about 2 years old. I have had him for over a year and he was in the LFS for a good six months before he came home with me. He has scales growing down over his eyes and cannot see out of one now. He has a new growth on his face that is slowly getting larger. From what I have researched, it seems to be a tumor and there isn't really anything for me to do. He does not seem bothered by it. He swims fine, eats fine, and there are no changes in his personality/behavior. I am wondering if you can confirm or deny that this is a tumor, and what possible treatment there is for it?

What size is your tank?
5 gallon

What temperature is your tank?
80 degrees

Does your tank have a filter?

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?

Is your tank heated?
Yes. With a Hydor 25 watt.

What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Betta pellets and bloodworms

How often do you feed your betta fish?
They get three pellets five days a week, a small amount of bloodworms once a week, and one day a week they do not get fed.

How often do you perform a water change?
At least twice a week, sometimes more, depending on what other maintenance I am doing in the tanks.

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
At least 50 percent.

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Water conditioner only, sometimes I add Algaefix or Melafix if needed.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I haven't tested recently.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Just the new lump.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It has not.

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About two weeks ago.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?

Does your fish have any history of being ill?

How old is your fish (approximately)?
2 years.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:20 AM   #2 
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To be honest with you, dragonscales tend to have two problems: The growth over the eyes, and tumors. It is almost expected in most dragonscales. Like you said as long as it is not causing a problem it should not be too much of an issue. Just be warned that when it does, you will need to do the best for him. But, that will be then - and this is now :)
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