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Hello there,

This is my first post so I hope I'm doing everything correctly...

My Betta (name of Pearl) has just developed a even circular low dome-like bulge / lump appeared on its side, - it seems to be under the skin rather than on the skin - over the swim bladder and end of kidney I think, on the part of the body that lies between the dorsal and anal fins. – above and behind the classic ‘dropsy zone’ Perhaps a tumour – in which case might nothing work? Or perhaps a swim bladder issue or internal parasite. It might be getting slightly bigger but I can't say for sure...

I have a bad feeling about this but would love any advice on medications etc that might potentially help - thank you in advance!

I have about six medicines at home (never used but I like to be prepared!) and wonder if any of these or another might offer any help. None of them seem like the obvious choice except perhaps the first.

1. Interpet 9 Anti-internal bacteria (contains Bronopol, Formaldehyde and Benzalkonium chloride)

2. Waterlife Sterazin for gill and body flukes (contains Acriflavine, Malachite Green, Piperazine Citrate)

3. Waterlife Octozin, for Hole-in-the-head & bloat (contains Dimetridazole)

4. Esha 2000 Fungus Finrot and Bacteria (packaging in German but online research suggests it contains: (1) 6.3 mg Ethacridine lactate, (2) 3.2 mg Copper ++, (3) 0.26 mg Methyl orange, (4) 1 mg Proflavin.)

5. Esha Exit (contains Ethacridine lactate, Malachite Green oxalate, Methylene Blue)

6. API Bettafix (natural remedy?) Melaleuca

THE Q&A
Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 6 gallons
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes
What temperature is your tank? 80c
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? No, it has always been solo

Food:
What food brand do you use? Hikari Better Bio Gold pellets
has rejected all other frozen (thawed) and freeze dried foods offered - blood worm, daphnia
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? About 5-6 pellets , 2 in the morning and then 1 every few hours over the day

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of water did you change? 25% approx
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? vacuum
What additives do you use? Tap safe, betta conditioner, betta salt

Water Parameters:
NB tank is quite densely planted with live plants, it does have small water snails which I keep on top of but have not managed to eradicate.

Ammonia: not on my test strips
Nitrite: 0-10
Nitrate:0
pH:8 – high but I’m told that’s just south England and the fish are bred in it,
Hardness (GH): 8
Alkalinity (KH): 3-6

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? About three days ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? A even circular low dome-like bulge / lump appeared in its side, over the swim bladder and end of kidney I think, on the part of the body that lies between the dorsal and anal fins. It might be getting slightly bigger but I can't say for sure...

How has your Betta’s behavior changed? I don’t think it has, so far
Is your Betta still eating? Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? No, I have about six medicines at home and wonder if any of these or another might offer any help.
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No.
How long have you owned your Betta? Was he or she a rescue? About six months, and I did a lot of research to find an award-winning aquatic store with an excellent reputation.
 

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I think I can tell where it is but can you mark the spot maybe open Microsoft paint on your computer and use the pencil tool to circle the spot in red? If you save thereafter as a jpg you can repost the picture.
 
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