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Old 06-13-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Betta fish Diagnosis

Just got back from a weekend away and noticed a bulge in the swim bladder of my betta.
Is see no change in his swimming pattern or behavior, no signs of ich or velvet.
Ammo 0, trite 0, trate is 20-30 (pwc in process tonight), temp is holding at 80.1
Any ideas what it could be?
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Tank is a 20 gal planted
he is in with 6 card tetras, 4 nerites, and 4 amano shrimp
water change is weekly on sundays for me, between 40-50% changes and vacuuming. One day late this week thanks to vacation.
the betta has been in my care for the last 6 months.
he gets a mix of hikari betta food, and bloodwoms as a treat. feeding every other day.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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Well, first of all, that's nowhere near the betta's bladder lol. It appears to be a growth of some sort. I'm not sure quite how you'd fix it though... Hmm... It doesn't appear to be causing a problem though, so unless it gets worse, i wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Sorry Homedog, but the OP is correct: Betta anatomy

What you can do for swim bladder disease is try a feeding of de-shelled, boiled, mashed peas to clear things out of there.

Edit: You're confusing bladder with swim bladder, which the OP said was affected.
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good to know, i thought their back half was all bladder.
Thanks for the quick reply!
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good to know, i thought their back half was all bladder.
Thanks for the quick reply!

Their back half is all bladder according to the diagram, so you were correct. =]
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Ok... Image saved lol... Must learn more about betta's lol!
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Ok... Image saved lol... Must learn more about betta's lol!
=] Yep! It's always a good idea to check google for a minute before giving advice. You don't want your guessing to end up being the death of someone's fish.
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semi-related question.... Is stress-zyme harmful to inverts?
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:46 PM   #9
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No, I believe it is safe for inverts. =]
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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good to know, i think a bit of slime coat help my perk him up a bit while his dinner is boiling...
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Hehe. =] Can't hurt!
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2 days of blanched pea diet and he is more active, but still has that protrusion. Going to give it a few more days and see what happens
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:21 PM   #13
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Okay. =] If you see him pooping, then it's probably not a waste blockage, and it could be a tumor...
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Honestly don't think I have ever caught him in the act before...
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haha, well if you can, keep an eye out for it. I know it's hard to see with some fish (I've never seen my tetras poo), but it's an important thing to know!
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Well, he is pooping, so not sure what the problem is
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I'm sorry to hear... maybe he has a tumor then. I'm not an expert on fish diseases though...
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Checked this morning and it's subsiding...weird.
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Good to hear! Keep us posted!
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He has been taking a lot of lie downs on some leaves in his tank. Not sure if the cards are annoying him or not, but he is doing fine for now...
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