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One of the goldfish has had a tough time recently. He has been losing color. This guy was originally all silver but turned gold when I changed the goldfish food. That is okay I think. A couple months ago he had a minor case of dropsy (pine cone appearance just starting to develop) but I treated him promptly, following advice from this site from a year ago. It worked and he recovered! (Hallelujah!) He now has a bump on his side, which is clearly evident on the photos. I did not see it arise. It does not seem to have gotten bigger in the past week. He is an active swimmer and eats fine (although he seems to sometimes bump into food rather than eat it). I have three goldfish in a 20 gallon tank - one of which has grown like topsy and is three times his size The tank is cleaned weekly and 50% of the water replaced. The water tests fine. There are no plants in the tank and no fish have been introduced into the tank for a couple years. What is this bump? Will it go away? Do I need to do something to make it better? Thank you!
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0.50 * Nitrite Level 1.0 * Nitrate level 0.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 6.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops - Freshwater Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 74 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 G - Cycling 1 month * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear50 + Marineland H.O.T. Magnum 250 (no Biowheel) + old TetraTec PF300 * How often do you change the water and how much? Normally 25% twice a week, but because of Ammonia/Nitrite spike during Cycle PWC 20% everyday for past 3 days. One 40% PWC last Sunday. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 20% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 med Fancy Fantail 3-4"; 1 med Comet 3"; 1 Ryukin 2"; 2 small Panda Butterfly/Moors 2" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Top Fin Water Conditioner, AmQuel Plus * What do you feed your fish and how often? ProGold pellets 2x/day * Any new fish added to the tank? same 5 fish for a little over a month * Any medications added to the tank? not yet * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. salt during initial tank set up (moved fish from 15 G over to 55 G) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Panda Butterfly in question has been changing colors from velvety black moor color to patches of gold and white scales. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nothing unusual, playful and loves to eat. Latest changes: Last night, I installed a used TetraTec PF300 Power Filter to the tank to supplement my two existing filters. I put used Biomax media inside one side of the filter's compartment... the Biomax was once in the H.O.T. Magnum 250 (used Fluval Biomax inside the canister vs. the carbon Marineland supplied) so it had some bac colony growth. Plus I added new Bio Stars. My H.O.T Magnum now has the polishing insert (micron filter) and the Aquaclear50 is still running, too. This tank is still cycling... I have an Ammonia and Nitrite spike, thus the frequent PWC. This morning I found a PIMPLE-LIKE bump on one of my Panda Butterfly. The growth happened overnight. He/She seems fine, no strange behaviour, eating well. I did my best to snap a picture (so hard when they swim so fast!). (see below) What is it? P.S. I have been reading the forum here a lot... thanks for the great info during my hobby start up! Because of this site's helpful details, I learned early on I had to get my 4 original baby goldfish out of my son's 15 Gallon tank pronto! I bought a USED 55 gallon tank to give them their room and added one more Panda. Things have been cycling fine until I saw the bump this morning, and I am writing for the first time. sorry so blurry