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red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:59 pm

Hi guys I've got a rainbowfish with a red/white lump below its mouth any ideas what and how to treat?
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:16 am

Possibly damaged itself fighting or on decor.
Have you got a pic?
Is the white fluffy?
Often I find if you leave it alone (assuming it is managing to eat and not being hassled by other fish) but make sure the tank conditions are optimum, the fish will heal with no intervention.
You have to watch for secondary, opportunistic, fungal infections. If one appears, treat with an antifungal med.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:04 pm

Yeah I've got a picture but it won't let me attach it to the post?
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:12 am

Pics need to be in an online album that allows sharing ie Photobucket, Image Shack, Flickr etc.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:55 pm

Mmmm I'm not really sure how to do that lol
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:09 am

Has the fish improved, got worse, or still the same since you asked? You can email the pic to me if you like and I will put it up for you.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:54 pm

Hi Carylnz....I would say no change. The fish on further inspection is opening and closing its mouth a lot more than the others. I've just sent you the picture thank you.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:10 pm

No sign of email yet. Have sent you a PM.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:58 am

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This is the fish in question. That, to me, looks like a fish that has damaged its nose and now has a secondary fungal infection on it. Often, if you are able to brush the fungus off, you find the fish has healed well underneath.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:53 pm

Thanks for that...do you see no point treating the fish with meds? Only problem I've got is I would have to treat the whole tank.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:20 pm

If you keep the water quality as good as it can be and the fish is eating and behaving normally, I see no point in medicating.
Why would you have to treat the whole tank? If you decided to medicate this fish, you would separate it and treat it by itself, not add meds to the whole tank.
To do this, if you do not have a quarantine tank, just put the affected fish in a container (I use 2L plastic ice cream containers) and float it in the tank. You need to do daily water changes though as the container will have no filtration.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby liverpool » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:05 am

Great idea best get eating some ice cream lol...thanks for the help and advice I'll keep you informed of any changes that be.
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Re: red/white lump

Postby Carylnz » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:46 am

Do note that if you use a white container (or any pale colour) the fish will lose all its colour as it tries to blend in with the surroundings :wink:
Anything of the right size, for the fish, that will float will do the job. I prefer something square as they will sit flat against the edge of the glass and, if necessary, can be pegged to the side. This is not also possible on some tanks due to the lid. Id you have bracing, they can be tucked under this.
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