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Betta.. with a tumor?
Old 07-11-2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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Little-Fizz: Yeah, bettababy seems to have had some loss in her family, according to one of her other posts, so I don't think I'll bother PM'ing her about this. I lost both a grandmother and grandfather last year, so -as much as I like Grom- it seems a little trivial compared to that. LOL, I also hate it when my computer does that! I lost 8 hours of work on a drawing one day because I forgot to save in photoshop DX And it's always eating my posts X) Thank you so much too, I feel all giddy that someone likes the tanks X3 I'm also a horrible an enabler; I say go for it! Yyou should totally get one of those tanks and a betta if you've always wanted one ;) They look nice anywhere in the house ;D

No, I'm still waiting and hoping someone has seen this before. If anything, he's slightly worse from when I took this picture. He's still eating, but he doesn't swim much and the lump is a bit bigger.

Julie's Julies: I read your post, I really hope yours ends up being okay too. I honestly don't have too much of an idea as to exactly what it is, but it makes me think of another thread I read a long time ago about a bacterial build-up causing a bulge- and the fact that it's moving it's place a little, kind of makes sense, like her body is trying to purge it. If I were in your place, I would try adding salt to the water. Either in your main tank or in the hospital tank. I don't know if it would be more or less stressful to add her to the 10 gallon without filtration if she's used to a filtered tank, but with that much water and only one fish, it seems like you wouldn't have to worry about water quality being bad quickly. I, personally, would do that if you don't want to add a bunch of salt to your established tank. I've found salt to be absolutely wonderful with a range of health issues in fish. I had a betta with dropsy (I don't think yours has it either, but-) that wasn't going away, he was really pine-coned, and salt was the only thing that worked. I ended up having to add a lot more to his water than I wanted, but it was obvious he was going to die anyway, so I figured it was worth a shot. I noticed it working in a few days. I'm not an expert on this; but in 10 gallons, maybe 1/2 a tablespoon to start?
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:18 AM   #12
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Thanks, Melora. I've been considering the 10-gallon without filtration - BettaBaby says betts actually prefer still water anyway, so as long as I check the parameters daily, I think it might be worth a shot. I've got cories in my established tank that HATE salt, so I really don't want to hurt them while treating my betta. Really appreciate the input - and I will look into that bacterial build-up. That really makes some sense, and the salt might be just the thing. If she gets worse with the salt, I can always put her back into the established tank.

Hope your betta recovers! He's gorgeous, by the way.
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:35 PM   #13
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Hm the bacterial build up definitely sounds possible. I'm going to look into it too.

When treating for dropsy I added 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water, but thats epsoms salt.... But I just remembered I wrote down the treatment I did for ich and I added 1 tablespoon per 20 gallons... Lol so yeah in other words, Melora is right, and you should add a half tablespoon.

And you'll have to preform more water changes, the water could get really gross. If you have an air stone or something you should run that in the tank with him.

I'm going to look into this bacterial build up, I'll post if I find anything. good luck guys.
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