I don't now when this got here, I swear it wasn't there yesterday. Google makes it sound like something horrible but that's always the case. If it's a tumor, how did it grow so fast overnight? Is there anything I can do?
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He lives in a 3.5 gallon tank with a heater and a filter, water kept at 81° f. I feed him 2-3 times daily with freeze dried betta flakes, just a small pinch each time. He is a slow eater, as he often likes to spit his food out and then catch it again. No tank mates. I change the water roughly every 2 weeks. Each time this would involve moving him to another container and completely washing out tank, rocks, decoration, filters, etc. I use a tropical fish water conditioner that says it is good for bettas. No idea about the pH balance or any of that honestly. Noticed the symptom 2 days ago and made this post immediately. His behavior is the same, he seems very happy and content with his life. He'll even spin around and wave his tail at me when we make eye contact, like his own personal greeting. He readily eats when I feed him.