Originally Posted by Kim
Ouch, I think I remember this post from a while ago. What have you been using to treat it? Also, your betta doesn't show the characteristic "raised scales" that bettas with dropsy do. The scales do look stretched from the bloating, but a betta with true dropsy will have raised scales all over the body and resemble a pinecone.
If I remember correctly in the old pictures the lump appeared to be more hollow, or fluid filled. A tumor would be more solid. You may want to try feeding some anti-bacterial food (I think that's where my research led me when I looked it up before). Jungle labs makes some, but I can't vouch for it because I've never had to deal with an internal bacterial infection before.
Good luck, and best wishes from me. ~Kim
Thanks for caring.
I've been using Fungus Clear Tank Buddies by Jungle. The box says it clears fungus and bacteria. It treats fungus, tail, fin, or mouth rot, hemorrhagic septicemia, clamped fins, dropsy, open red sores, eye cloud, pop eye, and swim bladder.
I'm sorry, but you must have mixed up my pictures with someone else's, because this is the first time I posted pictures of him.
I just saw the post you made of the betta with dropsy, and my daughter's betta's scales are only raised in the bloated areas. So now I'm thinking he doesn't have dropsy after all.
When we first noticed the bloating it was on one side only and I thought he was constipated. Then the bloating went across his whole underneath. The side that was bloated first is bigger. So that makes me think it is a tumor and it has spread. If that is the case, I'm wondering if I should stop the treatment, because the package says that the product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer. I don't want to treat the poor fish with something that might make him worse if he has a cancer tumor?
I will look for the Jungle bacteria food and see if that helps him. My daughter has kept this betta alive for 3yrs and 4mths. This is the longest we have managed to keep one alive so I'm also wondering if he might have edema from old age? Everytime I check on him I'm honestly surprised the lil guy has hung in there this long.