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I've had my betta for a year now, and about a few weeks ago I noticed two lumps on him - one is bigger and closer to his head, and the other is on the opposite side and further back. I've also noticed that he's been going to his usual corner, but staying there longer - he still moves around a lot, but the stays in the corner are longer. He also tends to stay more towards the bottom now. I feed him once daily (TetraMin Tropical Granules) and he comes to the surface to eat no matter what (even if he seems lethargic prior to the food being placed in the tank). My tank is 5 gallons, I don't have a filter, but I have an airstone and I clean every other week. When I clean I add BettaSafe water conditioner (I use room temp tap water) I also have three neon tetras in the tank with him (added them in about 3 months ago)
 

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Sorry to hear about your fish :( You've already addressed some of these questions and I know it seems like a lot but can you answer as many as possible so that we can better help? You can skip the pictures since you've already posted those.

This is from our sister forum Bettafish.com (forums split about a year ago). You can always join over there as well if your main focus will be on bettas.


Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

Food:
What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Freeze-dried?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water *before* the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?

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Housing:
Tank = 5 gallons
No filter
No heater
Temp is 80 degrees F
Yes air stone
My male betta lives with 3 female neon tetras

Food:
A pinch of TetraMin Tropical Granules once daily

Maintenance:
I perform a full water change every other week with tap water conditioned with BettaSafe water conditioner (I live in Hawaii so the water is a lot safer and less additives than other states for environmental reasons, and the conditioner says it makes tap water safe). When I clean, I first place the betta in a clear plastic cup, and the neons in another. Then I dump out all the water, then wash the pebbles until the water runs clear, scrub all the plastic tank plants and the inside of the tank, rinse again and set up. Then I run a thermometer under the tap water, adjusting the temp until its at 80. The room temperature here never dips bellow 80, so I assume the water stays the same temp all day. Then I add my neons in, let them settle in for a few minutes, and then the betta.

Water Parameters:
I've never tested my water

Symptoms and Treatment:
I first noticed the symptoms 3 weeks ago. My betta's body swelled up as shown in the pictures, and perhaps lost a tiny bit of color but it's hard to tell. He also started resting more often but still swims around a lot. My betta still eats the same amount and seems excited when I place the food in the tank. I've had my betta for a little over a year, and he had no damage to my knowledge when i got him. I have not attempted any treatment yet
 
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