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Ever sense January of this year, one of my bettas has had a lump growing on his side for 6 months now. I've made a post about this and i've tried all of the suggestions the community has given me to no avail. It has only led him to become stressed out a begin tail biting. I dont want my poor baby to suffer anymore. I'm thinking of surgery to get rid off the lump and tried researching the procedure to now avail. This has hardly been recorded so its taken a while for find some cases that might explain what is wrong with him but to no use. His swimming is struggling but other than that, he is as happy as can be. Still hungry 24/7 and shy when anything new is around his tank. He was in a pet shop with 2 stars on yelp so ive decided to check on the bettas until i saw him. His name is Neptune btw. He looked very healthy when i got him. Other than his swimming becoming a little more of a struggle to him, he's a normal betta. And also i know for a fact that im not mistaking that for his swim bladder. Has anyone else had a case like this and if so, please tell me what you did to help of eradicate it.
 

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Don't try surgery. That is a tumor or cancer, either way it seems like it is right next to his spine on the inside. This means in order to get all of it out, you would most likely kill Neptune in the process. He is having trouble swimming because the tumor is in his spine and muscles, making movement difficult. Chances are you bought him when he was already old. I have a few old tetras(going on 6 years now), they get growths after awhile and usually have around 5 small ones before they pass away. Its not something you can get rid of since it happens internally as well as externally.



You should be looking into end of life care, not surgery. A clean aquarium water and some indian almond leaves is as much as you can do for him now. Take care of Neptune until he gives up, as long as he is eating keep him comfortable. I know its a hard thing to hear, but every betta has his or her lifespan.
 

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We do understand wanting to save a betta, but unless someone has an DVM behind their name they are not qualified to be instructing anyone on doing surgery on a fish.
Got it! Sorry about that, I didn't realize that was considered surgery, but I'll be more careful from now on.

I believe many exotic animal vets can check if it's a cyst vs a tumor for you. Be sure to call ahead of time to see if they are okay with examining such a small fish. But, it depends if you want to go through all of that for him; you're going to the vet for a diagnosis and treatment that will cost a lot of money (where I live, it starts at $60 for only a diagnosis, treatment bumps it up MORE), not to mention it may return even if the treatment ends up being successful.

But like what Trahana said, it's best to look into end of life care over treatment. Give him his favorite food and make sure he's as happy and comfortable as he can be.
 

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oh sorry i didnt know that i just wanted to see if someone did it before and if i was making any mistakes
 
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