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Old 11-26-2014, 11:55 PM   #1 
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Betta LUMP growing? Tumor?

What can I do for this guy? Is it a tumor? Please help!

I don't want him to die if I can do something about it.

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Old 11-27-2014, 06:28 AM   #2 
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Hey Don,
It could be a tumor or a cyst. If it's a tumor there is not a lot you can do about it. The good news is, it's in a pretty good spot. If it grows larger, it's not going to press up against any internal organs and cause him problems. He can live a full and happy life with it, provided it's non-cancerous.

If it's a cyst or a boil, it may fill up with fluid and burst. If that is the case, I would recommend having some Seachem Kanaplex on hand.

Best thing to do now is watch him closely.

Answer these questions as best you can,

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:53 PM   #3 
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Hey Don,
It could be a tumor or a cyst. If it's a tumor there is not a lot you can do about it. The good news is, it's in a pretty good spot. If it grows larger, it's not going to press up against any internal organs and cause him problems. He can live a full and happy life with it, provided it's non-cancerous.

If it's a cyst or a boil, it may fill up with fluid and burst. If that is the case, I would recommend having some Seachem Kanaplex on hand.

Best thing to do now is watch him closely.

Answer these questions as best you can,

Housing
What size is your tank? 4.5 L
What temperature is your tank? Room Temperature - 70 degrees - 75
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? bettamin tropical medley
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day or other day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? beta fish conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I have not tested the water

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? the lump on the back
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? has not changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?
6 months ?
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:41 PM   #4 
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Hey Don,
Looks like you have some work to do.

I suggest getting a 25 watt adjustable heater. A betta is a tropical fish and require a constant temperature of 78-82 to thrive.

You need to be doing more water changes. At least 1-50% and 1-100% water change weekly. I would suggest doing 3-50% a week. I'm not a fan of 100% water changes. Also a switch in water conditioner will help. I recommend using Seachem Prime. Add 2 drops per gallon when you condition your water and 1 drop per gallon a day to keep the ammonia build up in check. Prime can lock-up the harmful ammonia for 48 hours until you can do a water change.

You will need a test kit. I would recommend getting an API Master Test Kit. This way you can accurately keep track of your water parameters

You might want to consider a filter, it will allow the tank to cycle and create a healthy and nearly worry free environment for you and your fish.

You can read about cycling here, http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=111960

When the tank is cycled you can reduce your water changes to 2-50% a week.

You can use a hang on back filter or a sponge filter. I personally use sponge filters. You can see mine set-up here,
http://http://www.bettafish.com/album.php?albumid=24538

I would suggest switching him to a high quality pellet like Omega One Betta Buffet or New Life Spectrum betta, community or surface feeder formula. The are high in protein and low on fillers. Once you get the temperature up a would suggest daily feeding with a fast once a week. My little plakat gets 6 pellets a day.

He is a beautiful fish. Do the best you can.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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