Male Betta with swollen abdomen

BettasRule

I noticed this almost a week ago and after reading through my fish books and researching, decided it was probably dropsy. So I isolated him and gave him 15 minute epsom salt baths twice a day and added some Kanaplex to his water. He is acting normal, eats the same just has that swollen belly. I’ve had a male with dropsy and he didn’t act like this. Also, there’s no pine coning.

I just returned him to his tank, which he shares with the male who has had dropsy, although with a divider. (the water is just a little cloudy due to a water change)

Is there a possibility it’s a tumor? I haven’t even had him for quite a year yet. And I’m guessing due to the size I got him at that he’s probably almost a year old.
 

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Addictedtobettas

Did you fast him at all during this time? To see if that belly size comes down?

How long has the swelling been going on? Slowly increased?

It looks more like a tumor than simple swim bladder but.. hard to say.
 

Bettaboo123

You said he eats the same so I assume you are still feeding him. I’d try fasting him for a bit to see if that helps, although I am not very familiar with betta tumors.
 

BettasRule

I haven’t fasted him, so I’ll try that. How long should I fast him for? About 3-5 days or so? He’s been pooping so I ruled out constipation, and I think the swelling really just popped up over a two day span. I saw it one day, and then the next it had gotten bigger so I isolated him.
 

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