View Full Version : Tumor in male betta's belly..

06-16-2007, 10:40 PM
Has anyone seen this before..any suggestions as to how to make him comfortable or do anything at all for him?

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06-16-2007, 11:40 PM
wow that looks bad. how much has he been fed? i'd like to think that it's bloat and you just need to quit feeding it, but i haven't ran across anything that bad yet.

06-17-2007, 12:45 AM
He's on a regular feeding schedule and he remained healthy for several months but suddenly started to grow this tumor. I've seen it in the betta books but I just don't know what to do for him....
Poor Norman...

06-17-2007, 12:50 AM
what, how much and how often have you been feeding him? i'd say stop feeding him whatever it is you have and try a mushed pea. maybe it's a bad case of bloat (hopefully) and he needs to poop real bad. i had a case of bloat once but mine didn't get that big. it did take some time for it to set in and seemed like it came out of nowhere. i'm not saying that you don't know what your doing but just giving a suggestion as i had a similar problem. good luck. maybe someone else can shed some light on this.

06-17-2007, 12:53 AM
you know looking a little more at the pix i'm starting to think that may not be bloat because the swelling on mine was a little farther back.

06-17-2007, 02:48 AM
I believe that may be the early stages of Dropsy. My betta Skarloey got all bloated up like that and I thought it was constipation too so I tried the pea thing. He ate it and pooped it out the next day so it wasn't that. A few days later he started to pinecone out. I started treating with Maracyn-2, epsom salt baths and kept him in very clean water. Followed a treatment that I found on this site <http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/killer.htm>. He got better and is still with me over a year later.

Try the pea and see what happens. If your betta stops eating on his own watch for the pineconing scales and then be ready to treat him quick.

Here's some other info on Dropsy too - <http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/dropsy.html>.

06-17-2007, 03:05 PM
Thanks so much. I did try the pea thing and he did a big poop but he'd always been pooping just fine.
The mass is lop sided. It's growing unevenly, not at all round and uniform. It does show pictures of it in a betta book and describes it as a tumor, there is apparently no treatment for it but I do want to make sure he's comfortable ...I feel so badly for him.

06-18-2007, 03:53 PM
sounds like dropsy. I don't think there is any thing you can do for him.

06-18-2007, 05:41 PM
Ed - I've read that dropsy is incureable too but I was actually successful at saving Skarloey from dropsy using the experimental treatment that I found on the site I referenced in my other post. He was already pineconing and had fin rot as well but I was able to save him following pretty much that treatment. I don't think its incurable if you catch it early enough and treat it aggressively. He's still swimming around over a year later.

Dr2little, you might want to try that treatment and see. I really don't think it could hurt. The epsom salt baths are very good for the swelling even if he does not have dropsy.

Good luck and keep us updated!