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Old 06-01-2011, 03:29 PM   #21 
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I think you need to move him from the swords tank and put him in the hospital tank ASAP. Just to be safe. I'd say add some epsom salt see if he passes anything. Keep an eye out for pineconed scales.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:32 PM   #22 
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I agree with the quarantine. Can he poop? it seems to be right where he poos, as if he exploded from the swelling. D;
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:36 PM   #23 
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We've been checking and he does poop a bit... it's not white or stringy, which we originally looked out for incase it was parasites. Will see if we can move him, have a base plate in the Betta tank so it's basically totally seperated from the main tank.

It's been there since we got him, just been getting bigger... pictures posted was taken a few hours ago.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:38 PM   #24 
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If he's still pooping try this method I use: Hold a mirror up to him and leave it for at least three minutes. The aggression will cause him to literally scare himself crapless. It worked with Akira (the poo was the size of my fingernail.) And Kai when they both had been overfed. It was natural, no epsom salts needed and they haven't had problems since.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:57 PM   #25 
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It looks like an internal tumor...(not cancer)..asymmetrical bulge.....not a lot can be done except for making him comfy and since he is otherwise acting and eating like his normal self....feed him like normal and enjoy.....keep his water clean, warm and you can add/use Epsom salt 2tsp/gal-long term- to help with the symptoms a bit but only if you keep him in his own tank...if you add him to the community tank don't use the Epsom salt and if he starts to decline-do what is right by him.....Even with a tumor he can still live a normal life until it grows to the point that it cause pressure on the internal organs....he is a beautiful Betta by the way.....
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We've tried holding up a mirror to see what happens... he just wants to attack his reflection all the time.. nothing else happens... Thanks for the advice tho, was worth a try
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:03 PM   #27 
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@ Oldfishlady... Thank you so much for the advice. The bulge seems like it's growing by the day. If it gets to the point where it looks like it's going to burst or if he is in pain, are there anyways we can euthanize him? Hopefully it won't come to that but it's doubled in size in the past week.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:10 PM   #28 
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Another question: What do you think about the tank inside a tank... is it okay for a betta? Not necessarily for this little guy but if we get another one.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:12 PM   #29 
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When the time comes and he seems to be suffering......

The most humane way is also the hardest way for some people and this is decapitation with a sharp knife...its fast.....

Or, you can overdose with clove oil that can usually be found at most pharmacies....or you can place him in ice water and freeze......if you start with ice water-they are shocked pretty fast when you drop them in-then place in a freezer and don't check on them for 24h-then bury the ice block....
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Thanks, at least we'll be prepared if it gets to the worst... Hopefully it won't.
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