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Is it just me or what? I've noticed that a LOT of bettas around here have had tumors while they're still on the shelves. Walmart, Meijer, Petsmart, Petco, and even my friends in other states have been noticing this. Is there a cancer/tumor epidemic among the bettas?
 

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I've seen more members with fish with growths than usual.
 

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My Sputnik's had a growth on his jaw since this past winter. No idea what from. It hasn't stopped him from eating or acting normal though, and it hasn't gotten bigger.
 

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Im not sure about the cancer/tumor thing. I've noticed at both my local petcos that their bettas are extremely overfed and have developed SBD. Its so sad to see. My new boy Perry is still a bit bloated but he was incredibly bloated when i got him 3 weeks ago.
 

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Gah you're telling me. T^T I have two of my bettas have lumps and I am so frustrated.
 

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Are they tumors, or conditions such as Lymphocystis?

Lympho is a viral disease that results in small growths. There is no treatment (because it's caused by a virus). It's usually self-limiting though, which means that given time, the fish's own immune system can often fight it off.

Also, not all tumors are cancerous. Many are benign. (This is true of people, too.) If a tumor is benign, it can look bad but won't cause significant health effects for the fish (unless it grows someplace that vital, and interferes with the fish's ability to breathe, eat, etc.)

Some tumors also have a genetic component, which can be passed down from generation to generation. This may make some "families" of fish more susceptible to tumors.

And there are probably many environmental factors involved, too. For example, use of certain chemicals can make organisms more susceptible to the development of certain types of tumors and/or cancers.
 

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one of my boy definitely has Lymphocystis. found that out when I first got him. but my girl that just got her lump on her chin, not sure what it is. I hope its not Lymphocystis. =(
 

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The tumors tend to be white and appear on the face or by the base of their tails. I've noticed that blue and copper bettas with white around their mouth, gills, and nostrils tend to be more prone. They do not get fungus and they seem to have slime coming off of their tumors. The tumors are always white and on the outside of their bodies. I've mainly seem this with VTs and CTs, but more so with CTs. When I go to Walmart tomorrow, I'll try to get a picture of a blue CT that's there. It has the white above its lip and usually have the white spread to their entire head and stomach. Then they die for no reason. Could the white faces and tumors be connected?
 

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This is how the bettas look at Walmart. At Meijer, they'll have white faces and get tumors.

 
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