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Hi betta lovers,

We've had this blue betta named George for quite some time in a 10 gallon tank with a few tetras and a cory. Nothing much has changed, but George recently developed a small lump at the base of his tail fin and it has been growing over the past couple weeks. Hoping someone might be able to help offer some advice on what this thing is and possibly how to treat it:

Pretty Creepy.


Like a tumor.


Help! Help!
-Sam
 

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Food:
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Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Freeze-dried?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use?

Water Parameters:
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Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
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Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
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Hi Whippet44,

Thanks for the response, here's the deets:

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 10
Does it have a filter? Yes Topfin 10
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 79F
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? yes, 1 Corycat, 1 Black Phantom Tetra, 2 Silvertip Tetras

Food:
What food brand do you use? HBH Betta Bites
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
Freeze-dried? No
How often do you feed your Betta? Daily
How much? 8 pellets

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Monthly
What percentage of water did you change? 33%
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vacuum
What additives do you use? 1 Tbsp Aquarium Salt + 1 tsp Baking Soda per 5 Gal

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.

Ammonia: 0.25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.5
Hardness (GH): 50
Alkalinity (KH): 50

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? 11/15/15
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? He has had that lump at the base of his tail for a while and is now losing color, puffing up with eyes bulging... He needs an ambulance!
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? He lies at the bottom all the time and just darts up when touched
Is your Betta still eating? Not any more, he used to swim up for food and lost interest about 4 weeks ago
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? 1L hospital tank with Bettafix and 30 min Epsom Salt baths
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? Nope
How long have you owned your Betta? 1 year
Was he or she a rescue? ...from a pet store.

He's gotten much worse over the past week, and the cat has been eyeing him suspiciously... Hope someone can help!
Thanks,
Sam
 
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