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Old 04-05-2012, 06:45 AM   #1 
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Pictures of my Betta- Is this Dropsy or something else?!

My female beta has had a mass on the side of her body for about two months now. I originally thought it was dropsy because her scales kind of looked like a pinecone, but now I'm not so sure. She doesn't act sick AT ALL- she eats, swims around, blows bubbles, and flares at me. I tried to get a good picture, but my camera wouldn't focus. Could it still be dropsy? Does it look like something else? I could really use advice!
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:26 AM   #2 
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It looks like dropsy to me. If his scales are pine Coned its definitely dropsy
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:57 PM   #3 
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I see the mass but don't see the pinecone. If she is acting healthy, maybe it isn't dropsy at all. I recommend connecting with the Oldfishlady. She knows all!
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:25 PM   #4 
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Because of the shape, I'm wondering if it might be a tumor... either way, contacting OFL is your best bet.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #5 
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Yes. I agree with the above posts. What you are experiencing either seems to be a fungal infection of some sort which is caused by poor water quality and stress, or a tumor

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There are numerous reasons for tumors in fish and tumors are by themselves not to be considered as diseases or even negative even though they can have negative esthetical effects on the fish that gets them. This does however not mean that a tumor can't be a problem; they can be signs of very dangerous diseases. It just means that tumors aren't necessary a problem or a sign thereof. Tumours can for instance be caused by the thing most of us think about when we hear the word tumour – cancer. Cancer aren't common in most tropical aquarium fish as they are relatively short lived and cancer only rarely have time to develop and become a problem before the fish dies of age. This does however not mean that it never happens. Cancer is more likely and can be a bigger problem in more long living fish species. Sharks don't get cancer and you can therefore rule out cancer if one of your (true) sharks develops a tumor. Some researchers actually hope that sharks will reveal the secret to preventing and curing cancer in humans as well.

Tumors in fish can also be due to virus that has infected the fish. The bulk of all tumors found in fish are however result of genetic traits in that fish and hence not dangerous or a sign of problem. It is possible to surgical remove tumors that are unattractive or that causes problems such for the fish, such as problems eating. You will need a hospital tank for recovery, a scalpel, antibiotics and anaesthesia if you want to try this. I will however not write more about it in this text and I recommend that you obtain more information before trying it, or even better – hire someone with experience to do it for you. I would also recommend that you check the local rules surrounding the keeping of fish and animal cruelty to see if you are allowed to perform such operations yourself in the area you live in.




Fungal Disease Information

Symptoms
White, or fuzzy growths on the outside of fish
Fish has become less active
Won't eat
Diluted colors
Patches of white

Treatment
This disease is very common with stressed fish and is cured with Higher levels of added salt, easing the temperature within the tank to 80 will also help. But no higher than 82. If the disease progresses then invest in a high quality fungus treatment to help aid the treatment, if that doesn't work then I highly suggest that you either euthanize the fish or heavily Medicate, sterilize, and heat the temp even higher within the tank

Cause
There are many factors to what causes this specific disease but it's similar to many others.
-poor water quality, like high ammonia, and nitrites along with unecxeptable Amounts of nitrates
-stressful tankmates and constant nipping
-being battered around by flow
-not acclimated properly
-stressful housing
Are all main factors to the disease as they all lead to a lored immune system which leaves all fish helpless towards all diseases

Prevention
-keep water clean
-keep the stress to minimal amounts
-keep water heated
-choose acceptable tank mates
-provide enough cover
-give your Betta enough room to swim and spread its fins. Ideally 2.5 gallons
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:20 AM   #6 
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I thought tumor too. However, I have heard of a type of internal bloating but cannot remember what it is called or the cure. OldFishLady will know. She knows everything.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:05 PM   #7 
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+1 on not dropsy +2 on asking OFL
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #8 
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+3 for asking OFL, she's seen it all and will know for certain. In my opinion, that's a tumor. As long as her quality of life is good, she can live with that tumor for a long time.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:01 AM   #9 
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y do we keep talking about oldfishlady? lol ik shes good but is she rlly that gud?
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #10 
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Yes she is.
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