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Old 12-30-2011, 09:35 AM   #41 
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I strongly recomend against the pricking with a pin. My mom's the equivilant of a vet and will only do that to a fish if it's dieing and pregent to save the little ones. You mentioned that this was a steady growth. I hate to say it but your fish is likely experancing some interntal organ damage that is retaining fluid and waste. This will lead to infections. He may not recover, but there is always hope. Put him in a smaller tank so he's not struggling to reach the surface should he be in pain. I don't know anything about epson salts, I see many recomend it on this site, but this is the only site I've been too that recomends them. Other sites have warned against it for Betta's, and said to use some speical aquiarum salt, so I'd ask a pet store first. Also, if you can do it without stressing out the fish, take it to the pet store and ask a rep. Or call them and describe the bubble on it's side. They'll likely say it's dropsy but I think it's more then that so be persistant. Try Jungle Parasite Clear fizz tablets. Use half a tablet for a five gallen, and 1/3 for a small, single/2 fish size tank with 100% water change and 4 dropps of water conditioner (small tank), 1teaspon for a five gallen (or whatever the instructions say). The parasite clear should help if there is parasites (most likely internal if you have them). If that cord coming out of your fish is a worm and not waste, it's likely a tapeworm. You'll need to continue treatment for a week. Ask a petstore rep or call the med's company before mixing treatments, natural or medical together. You don't want to cause further harm. Hope your fish lives, I'll pray for it.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:04 AM   #42 
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I wish I could give you some form of advice in the very least, beginnerfish but I really don't know. I just wanted to tell you that my thoughts are with you and your fish and I hope he is able to recover soon - if the worst happens (keeping my fingers crossed that we don't need to think of that) I hope you are able to take at least some comfort in knowing how hard you tried to make sure he recovered.

Good luck to both of you!
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:05 AM   #43 
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Yeah I agree with Spooky. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and the little guy as well :)
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:39 PM   #44 
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it looks like dropsy. if his scales start pineconing, this could meen something is terribly wrong. i think there is a treatment for dropsy but can't remember it at the moment.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:40 AM   #45 
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What happened? Did you try any meds? My guy is doing the same thing :(
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