Another update on my Fishy Man with the weird, hard, bulgy white patch--early this morning, I went to check on him, and found that a large portion of the patch had COME OFF and was hanging by tiny bit of skin. And then it came off--I managed to catch it with a baster (I thought that might be a good idea, especially if this turns out to by lymphocystis(?)) and get it out of the tank before it even touched the ground.
Underneath the patch that came off, he's still got hard white scales. The white/discolored area is still about 1/4 inch across, but the bulge is much smaller in size. He's still got a good appetite, and is swimming around. You may be right about the tumor thing...
I've kept his temp at 82-85 F since yesterday, along with the slight increase in salt. Yesterday, this strategy seemed to make everything speed up...but the piece dropped off, so it might be a GOOD strategy(?) Still don't know what's going on, though, so any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. And much thanks to those of you who already replied to my request!
My fish has something similar. I thought it was lymphocystis but it's never fallen off. It just keeps growing. On another forum they thought it might be a deformity. Here's my thread with pics so you could compare. Codered's got pics of her fish with a tumor on that thread as well.
As long as the fish is still active and eating, I would keep doing water changes and adding aquarium salt. If you feel your fish is in greater danger of the wound being infected, you could try some methylene blue.
Little pieces of the white scaly stuff are continuing to come off, and the patch is getting smaller. In addition, the bulge has reduced to almost regular body level. The new layers that are appearing are beginning to look orange-red (all but one, which is still dead white). It's strange, but isn't yucky or anything like that--on a human, it would kind of look like someone who is sloughing off some dead skin.
He's still active, too--and is getting really good at coming over and showing off his patch to my magnifying glass (and flaring, too...I must look quite the sight from HIS side of the glass). What a good fishy man!
Since this seems to be a strange/weird/rare occurrance, I'll keep updating. Thanks for all help, and keep your thinking caps on...we're not done yet!
But it HASN'T vanished--the spot got smaller, but it is still there, and is still sloughing off. It's the strangest looking thing. I SO wish I could post a photo...maybe I can find someone with a camera/phone and some techie ability tomorrow, if this is still continuing. In any case, as he is still acting like his loveably obnoxious self, I'm no longer freaking out. We'll just have to see what happens next. Have a good night, all!
Tonight's update--all the white scaly stuff is pretty much gone now--it fell off--and the scales underneath look okay, although not as brightly colored as the rest of Fishyman. Maybe that will improve in time--who knows? I sure don't! He was back to his usual hyperactive self today (as I said previously, he'd been a little slower than usual lately, but that still was plenty active). If this was the virus lymphocystis, it looks like this episode is over. Let's hope we're lucky, and it STAYS that way. If not--well, we'll cope, and keep him as healthy and comfy as possible. If there's a change, I'll be sure to let you all know (and maybe, by then, I'll have some way of including a photo!).
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS, ADVICE and SUPPORT. For a newbie to the wonderful world of Bettas, it was more than just helpful...it kept me thinking, instead of just panicking. You were all such a blessing!