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Old 04-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #1 
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New to forum - Sick Betta?

Good afternoon! I am new to the posting side of the forum. I am on here almost everyday reading, though.
I think my Floyd might be ill. I've been doing all I can for him, but nothing seems to help. His abdomen is quite swollen and it doesn't seem to be resolving. He is showing no signs of pine-coning and still has a lot of energy and is always begging for food. He doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all. But, I am worried.

Housing
What size is your tank? - 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? - 82f
Does your tank have a filter? - A Marina S10 and a sponge filter.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - Sponge filter
Is your tank heated? - Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - Flake and occasionally freeze dried daphnia. He will not eat anything else.
How often do you feed your betta fish? - A small amount in the AM and a small amount in the PM.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? - Twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? - 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - Stress Coat

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

I am just home on lunch and had to do a few quickly. And these numbers are accurate to previous tests recently.

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5ppm
pH: -
Hardness: -
Alkalinity: -

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - Swollen abdomen. Coloring is still the same.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - None. He is still feisty and fun.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - 2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - Yes. I was reading that it might be an internal parasite so I tried PraziPro and ParaGuard but nothing changed. I then tried FungusGuard two nights ago in case it was Dropsy and still no change.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - Nope.
How old is your fish (approximately)? - I've had him about 6 months.

I will attach a few pictures of his belly. My poor Pink Floyd.

Any hints or advice?
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I'm no expert at these things, but it looks like it might be a tumor?
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I also tried fasting him for a couple days. Forgot to add that in.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:19 PM   #4 
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Anyone? Anyone else second the tumor idea? I would love some advice or tips from previous experiences with this sort of thing.
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People don't always answer right away so give it a few more hours :) If he's swimming and eating fine I wouldn't worry too much about it. I do know that there isn't anything you can really do for a tumor, if that is indeed what it is.

Also the bulge isn't where his tummy is, which is what led me to believe it is a tumor and not constipation. His tummy is right under and behind his gills, right behind his ventral fins on the bottom if that gives you an idea.

I hope someone else can help soon though :)
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:35 PM   #6 
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Oh, I know it's not his 'stomach' which is why I referred to it as his abdomen. Wasn't sure of a better way to describe it. He's been pooping fine. I did a 50% change when I got home from work. Still looks OK. He hasn't been wobbling or seeming to lose balance, so I don't think it's SBD. With his light coloring, I can actually see his swim bladder. I had never seen that with a betta.
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Yeah, always very interesting to be able to see through your betta! I have a gold girl that looks like your boy.

But anyway, I really hope someone else can comment about it in the case that it is not a tumor. But just keep his water warm and clean to make him comfortable. That's great he's still eating and stuff, always a good sign. But I'm like 90% certain it is a tumor :/
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I was reading about tumors in bettas and i really hope he's not too uncomfortable if that truly is the case. I just can't think of what else it could be. Do you think daily 20% - 50% water changes is too much in an attempt to keep his environment healthy and comfortable?
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I don't think you'll need to do that many water changes! I think if you really want to though, you could do two small 20% during the week and one 50% at the end of the week, so it's not too intrusive to his home. you know?
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Sounds good. Thank you so much for your help and advice.
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