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Greetings fish people!

I'm new to these forums and signed up so that I could ask this question.

I currently have a betta who I got as an itty bitty baby about 2 years ago. Now my Hucklebetta Finn (AKA: Hucklebee) is a little monster. Ha ha!
He is vivacious, very active, eats anything that falls into his bowl, and very interested in everything and everyone who walks by. Quite the personality if I do say so! I'd say he is perfectly healthy, except for a little growth on his side that is slowly getting bigger and bigger.

The growth is dark in color, and started out looking like one of his white individual scales was starting to bulge, for lack of a better word. It didn't seem to bother him, so I left him alone. It has been many months at least, and now it is larger and has become darker in color. Again, it doesn't seem to bother him and he is perfectly fine otherwise. The other side of him looks fine.

I have never seen this before on any of the fish I have had in the past. My last betta (aptly named Alpha) lived for about 7 years in a bowl on my desk, and I barely did anything except feed him and change his water.

This fish however, had a bad bout of fin rot when I first got him, before he was fully-grown. I had gone on vacation for a week, and when I came home, his fins looked horrible. Although my roommate fed him, she hadn't mentioned it to me while I was away. Anyway, it took a while, but I treated him and his fins have grown back, but that is why they look kind of weird and bent in some places. Do you think this is some kind of infection?

Should I be worried about this? If so, what can I do?
Thank you so much for any advice! I really like this little guy, and I would hate for anything bad to happen to him, if I can help it...
 

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I don't know what it is! I've never seen anything like that! Have you tried talking to the fish people at your local pet store? They usually help me with my fish stuff!
 

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Hi Xavion,

No I have not, but that's an idea- I could show them the picture and see if they know anything. A lot of times though, there are mostly young high school kids working at the pet store near me, but I can ask if there are any experts.

It's kind of hard to take a fish to a vet, and even then, many vets may not know what to do, unless they are aquatic specialists. I don't know if bettas get cancer or anything...
 

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In most of the pictures, it looks flush to the rest of the scales--meaning it doesn't look like it's bulging out or sunken in. But in picture #4, it looks sunken in. Which does it look like in person? If it's flush to the rest of the scales, I would say that it looks like just some different coloration showing up--meaning that you've got a marble betta on your hands. But in the picture where it looks sunken in, it looks like an old injury that healed over.
 

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I know my town's Petco has some experts. Maybe try asking a Petco near you (if you have one). I've never tried taking a fish to the vet... maybe there is a vet guy online that you could email somewhere.
 

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It's bulging out like a growth/tumor or something. It is not flush to the other scales or sunken in. In the picture where he is flaring his gills, you may be able to tell a little better that it is growing outward.
Thanks for responding!
 

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Thanks so much for your input- I really appreciate it!
The growth is more of a grayish color- I think it just looks that way in the photo.

I just don't know if it is going to hurt him at some point, even though he seems fine now otherwise.
 

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Yeah, that's a cyst unfortunately. As Lola indicated, there's really nothing to be done for it. He'll likely live out a long life still, it's not terminal right away but eventually may grow too large and end up squishing organs on the inside. It may be just far enough away from the important ones though, won't know until it grows larger.

Unfortunately, many petstores are unreliable in their advice; their primary motive is to sell you everything to make money, especially big chain stores like PetCo and PetSmart. Occasionally you come across some really great people, but not all of them know what they're talking about unfortunately. Always double check your information and don't take anyone's word for gospel!
 

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Thank you so much for the information! I really appreciate it.
I did take a picture of it to the pet store, and nobody there knew anything- just a bunch of young kids working there.

Is there any special care for a cyst? Do they rupture easily?

Do I have to be careful catching him to clean his water?
I usually scoop him up in a plastic bag (he swims right in), but if there is something else I can do, I will try it.

I will do some research on cysts on my own, but thank you so much for your help!
 

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When my betta had a cyst, I just treated him like I always did. It eventually just fell off on its own ^^; Good luck!
 

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Sorry you little guy has a cyst. For a bowl betta keeper, you must take really good care of them to live past a year! Nothing you did wrong here or anything you can do. He's gorgeous! :)
 

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Nothing special, it's not like a liquid filled tumor; it's hard and won't puncture. Nets won't hurt it either generally but ideally, you should try to use a cup to scoop him out if you can (works easier in tanks). It may or may not fall off depending on if it's primarily inside of him or if it's outside the body; clearly it's protruding, but the majority may be inside much like an iceberg.
 

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lymphocystis

That looks like lymphocystis. Unfortunately there's not much you can do about it. It's a common viral infection that displays on the fish in clumps or nodules that can be white to pink and take on the shape like of a cauliflower or mulberry. The virus spreads from fish to fish by cuts or abrasions. It's not fatal unless it's totally ignored or the fish is extra stressed by disease or injury. I am currently battleing lymphocystis (lypho for short) in my fish Moonbee I've had for about a year. I was an unexperienced fish owner when I got him and I didn't know what it was. I only found out just recently. The lump your fish has looks exactly like the one my fish had when I got him. Healthy fish can fight it off, but a stressed fish won't be able to, and it will spread and grow. There is no medication to treat it, the fish has to fight it off on its own. My fish had the virus when I got him but the clump didn't really show up until he got stressed from tail rot and later velvet. Sometimes fish will contact the virus when they are healthy, but not display the lumps untill stressed by disease. Some fish can harbor the virus and nevr display any symptoms. The only thing you can do to treat it is make sure your fish isn't stressed, and make sure he has proper diet and tank conditions. I recommend NLS pellets or Omega One Betta Beffet and vitamin supplements. Make sure his tank is warm enough and has plenty of room to swim. Use immune bosters such as API stress coat conditioner or AQ salts. Preform frequent 100% water changes, and wait it out. Hope this helps you! Get well soon fishy! :)
 

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Hate to contradict you Moonbeam, it's not Lympho. Lympho starts off almost like Ich where it's sort of sprinkled, but it's thicker and a little larger than Ich. They move around frequently as, unlike bacteria that only infects one local area before spreading, the virus infects the whole body.

The clumps do not form for a while after the fish shows the first Ich-like cysts. The cauliflower forms usually are internal as well. And it is never blue/grey as regular Cysts are. Lympho also generally appears in a linear fashion versus Ich which is sprinkled everywhere, it also likes to infect the pectorals and other fins first before "moving" to the body.

Here's an image of Lympho.
A Tang infected:


This is what one of the cauliflower clump looks like
 

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Here's where I got my information: http://reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/lymphocystis-info-and-cure.69537/
I'm not 100% sure that what this fish has is lympo. I thought it was because this looks like the beginning of what my fish has. And if it's not lymphocystis then I don't know what it is. Here's a picture of my fish. The lump he has started out looking just like the one this fish has. I didn't have any experience with fish before Moonbee, so sorry if I'm giving inaccurate information. Thanks for the info lilnaugrim! Look up images of betta fish lymphocystis.
 

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Yeah, Moonbeam has a regular Cyst, it's different from Lympho. Lympho is a virus as we know whereas Cysts are hereditary.
 

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When I first saw the lumo thought that Moonbee had a cyst, but then I asked a lady at Petsmart and she told me it was lymphocystis. Then again pet stores don't really know their stuff, so I guess I should've known better. Thanks again lilnaugrim! I hope we can help Hucklebetta fin be happy and healthy again!
 
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