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Old 04-13-2012, 12:50 AM   #1 
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Tumor?

A few weeks ago I saw something on my fishy's side that looked like a few scales were raised...I didn't know what to do so I just kind of left it because he was swimming around just fine and eating happily. The area now looks something akin to a medium-sized tumor on his side...it's like a big white clump. He's still eating fine, swimming fine, no signs of lethargy or sickness at all.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? Yes.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Freeze dried bloodworms and tetrafin flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? All of it.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? See above =I
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He hasn't really shown any signs of illness at all
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About four weeks ago, I think
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Nothing! I'm not sure what's going on with him
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not at all =)
How old is your fish (approximately)? About a year and a half

Anyone else have/had this problem?

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:14 AM   #2 
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:56 PM   #5 
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That could possibly be one. I don't know for sure. :(
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:10 AM   #6 
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He just looks a little bloated :) Fast him for a day or two
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If fasting doesn't help try a cooked mashed pea remove skin see if he will eat pieces of inside. Do this once and fast him a day or two after that. If that doesn't work try Epsom salt bath (no scent no color salt ) premix 1 tsp per gallon in a jug and let him sit for a little while in it. If he is constipated it will help hiom relax.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:50 AM   #8 
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Yes, it looks like he's got some kind of tumour. To keep his strength up, you may want to start feeding him frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and a betta pellet. If he's acting normally, then keep up with his care, but just watch the tumour for growth. There really isn't anything more you can do for him except keep him comfortable.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:35 AM   #9 
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I have to agree with fleetfish, it does look like some sort of tumor, if it is the only thing you can do for him is give him lots of tlc, although if you have a fish vet near you (I have one near me in the uk) then feel free to take him to see the vet, they may be able to do something for him. I'm really sorry I couldn't have given you a happier answer :(
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #10 
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Yeah, that definitely isn't bloating. Don't fast him.
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