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Old 06-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Anyone know what's up with this betta?

One of my females has had this odd growth on her for a while, and I just wanted to see if anyone might have an idea what it is. Its only on one side and its huge. She acts fine, swims fine, and eats fine. It doesn't seem to bother her at all. So what do you think? Tumor? Is she egg bound?





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Old 06-22-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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I would get some Epsom salt in that tank quickly to help remove some of that pressure.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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Thanks, HUKIT. Don't know why that thought didn't occur to me actually. I think I have some laying around, if not I can get some tomorrow. Don't want to dose the whole tank, but I have an old 1.5 gal laying around for a hospital tank. What's a good dose?
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1-2 tablespoons in that sized tank, slowly added over a few hours. I would also fast him for a few days as well.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:44 AM   #5
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Thanks again. Found the salts, and she is in the hospital tank with the salts added.

Any idea what this might be?
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:48 AM   #6
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It's fish bloat I think. Not exactly dropsy (no raised fins, and she would probably be much more lethargic if she had dropsy), but there's something going on in there.

I think this website covers it pretty well:
Fish Bloat, Diagnoses and Treatment
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:20 AM   #7
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Yeah, it's not dropsy - I've dealt with that before. This is also limited to one side of the fish. Her other side is normal. I'm mostly worried that she's egg bound - before she started showing swelling on the one side she was definitely full of eggs, but I didn't breed her since she isn't one of the females with qualities I am looking for in a breeder.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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How's your girl doing Alyxx? Did the salt help any!
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #9
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So far I'm not seeing much of a difference, but nothing good happens overnight. Going to change out her water in a little while.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:52 PM   #10
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Looks like maybe the swelling has gone down a little today. Might try feeding a pea to her tonight.
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Oh good!! Keep us posted!
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:43 PM   #12
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Someone suggested to feed bloated bettas mysis (sp) shrimp (frozen) to help bettas. Since they are carnivores, they get no nutrition from peas.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:13 PM   #13
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I honestly don't think whatever is up with her is in her digestive tract anyway. To me it looks like a tumor, what with it being restricted to one part of her body. She has been eating fine and acting fine like this for a while now. She has always seemed a bit bigger on that side but lately it's just gotten huge. And yes, I know brine shrimp and mysis shrimp both have lots of roughage and a bit more nutrition than peas, but I trust peas to do a better job of cleaning out a fish's system as it is essentially all roughage. And my bettas go nuts for them - I feed some weekly mostly for my plecos and snails but the bettas go crazy when I drop them in.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:52 AM   #14
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So she has been in a hospital tank for over a week with Epsom salts and the swelling hasn't gotten better. Honestly it looks worse. Bigger. I think it's a tumor. Any other ideas? I will be keeping her quarantined for now, but it is looking like euthanasia may be the best option soon. I'm just hoping she doesn't pop.
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Just in case she is egg bound try putting a male next to her tank, she might drop eggs then. I've heard of it working before, it's worth a shot :/
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Just in case she is egg bound try putting a male next to her tank, she might drop eggs then. I've heard of it working before, it's worth a shot :/
Trying that now. She is floating in with one of my males.
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After doing more research after discovering the growth is fluid filled (she swam right under the light and I could see through it) I've determined the likely cause is a buildup of fluid, probably due to a bad kidney. Also discovered that you can lance it to reduce the swelling, so I did. It's a lot smaller now and she is recovering in a betta cup of fresh clean water. Hopefully this will let her move a little easier.
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After doing more research after discovering the growth is fluid filled (she swam right under the light and I could see through it) I've determined the likely cause is a buildup of fluid, probably due to a bad kidney. Also discovered that you can lance it to reduce the swelling, so I did. It's a lot smaller now and she is recovering in a betta cup of fresh clean water. Hopefully this will let her move a little easier.
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