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I have had my Betta for about 2 months now. About two weeks ago he began to bloat. At first I thought it might be dropsy but he still hasn't developed the characteristic "pine cone" scales. He swims normally, his color is just as bright as the day I got him, he flares his fins and gills every night just like normal, has huge bubble nests, and he eats everything I give him quickly and completely. However, since he started to bloat I only feed him 1 or 2 pellets a day and don't feed him at least one day a week. He's in a 5 gallon filtered tank, it doesn't have a heater but I live in Florida and his tank is next to a south facing window so I think his water is warm enough. The only change is that within the last day and a half he seems to have cut his stomach on the very bottom. It's red with what looks like white fuzz on it, there was what looked like a piece of flesh hanging from his stomach which has since fallen off. I'm desperate for help I've read other sites with symptoms, but besides the bloated stomach nothing seems to fit. Help:cry:
 

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Looks like severe constipation. How much did you feed him before he got sick? At this point I would fast him a couple of days. It could also be a tumor. Is the tank newly setup?
 

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Yeah D': It might be constipation. Fast him for a few days to see if that makes a difference. worst comes to worst, try feeding him the inside of a cooked pea since it works as a good laxative.

I hope it's not a tumor!
 

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That does look like a tumor. I hope it isn't.
 

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That reminds me VERY much of what happened to my guppies. I can even give you pics if you want although they are a little blurry. The same thing happened...they would bloat up and right before they died they would develop open sores on the stomach area. Turned out that they had internal parasites. I'm going to say the same thing that I just wrote to another person. Look at the feces to see if they are normal colored or white and stringy.

I don't think that's constipation because I'd think that by that point the severe amount of waste building up inside him would have killed him. Tumor could be a possibility but this looks too much like what happened to my guppies for me to think so.

I used Jungle Labs Anti-Parasite medicated food to cure my fish. I tried many meds before that and none worked so I was amazed when this one did because I had pretty much given up hope by then.

Here's the pic of one guppy: You can see how bloated he is and I circled the sore which is hard to see but you can see the red spot.

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I hope he gets better. :(
 

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How is he doing? I hope he gets better. I hope it's parasites and not a tumor.
 
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