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Old 12-13-2010, 09:17 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Is this a tumor in my fish?

I got our velvet (veil tail betta fish) six months ago and it grew twice its size since we brought and is about three inches long now. It gets active whenever we approach the tank and it has a very good apetite. I usually feed her twice about five pellets each time.
About three months ago when we first kept some decorative stuff in the aquarium our velvet became inactive and got some bacterial disease which was taken care of. However, recently I saw it floating like dead on the water surface and when disturbed became active again, I remember giving frozen blood worms to her on that day which was not the fist time though. I observed that since that day a small bump is visible on its left side which is increasing. It seems like the bump is originating from inside since there is no sign of wound or infection on her skin. Any idea what this growing stuff is? Is this some kind of tumor?
All the suggestions from you pros will help me make my velvet healthy again.
Please suggest.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:41 PM   #2 
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Your fish looks like it is very bloated. Bettas do not have an "off" switch on their appetite, and will eat even if they are full. A betta's stomach is only as large as it's eyeball, so you are waaayyyy over feeding your fish. Most forum members only feed their bettas 3-5 pellets a day, and don't feed them one day a week to prevent bloating.

I would suggest not feeding your betta for 3-5 days, and see if it looks any better. A betta can go at least two to three weeks without food, so your fish really won't starve without food for a few days.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:38 PM   #3 
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I don't think overfeeding is causing that odd lump on the betta though.
I have no idea what it is, hopefully someone else will shed insight on this :)
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:57 PM   #4 
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I don't think overfeeding is causing that odd lump on the betta though.
I have no idea what it is, hopefully someone else will shed insight on this :)
True, but I think it might be a contributing factor!

I'm hoping someone more experienced can help, but until then, I wouldn't feed that fish! :P
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:29 AM   #5 
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Although it could be because of over feeding....(sorry to be the bearer of bad news, buuuut....) that's the same place and kind of bump my Caesar got before it got massive and took over his sides :C
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