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  1. Hello everyone, Just wondering if someone knows what this lump on the side could be?? It appeared after she spawned and grew for a few days last night something white came out of there and now is not as big Thanks for the feedback
  2. Hi all, my 2 year old oranda has had a lump on his back where his tail starts for about a year. It has remained very small up until about 2 weeks ago when it started growing rapidly. I have been treating with melafix & aquarium salt but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's now started to Darken in places, so much so that it's starting to look black. Its also starting to look sore. He is still very active as you can see, still eating well etc. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm worried that it's cancerous. I have attached a video Thanks! IMG_4673///
  3. Hi everyone, It has been ages since I've posted here! I wrote a thesis since we last spoke! I thought about you guys, but I haven't really had the time with everything happening in my life. And the fishy family have all just been happy and healthy, so all your previous advice has worked like a charm! They have all been with me for at least a year now!!! But I missed you all! Hope everyone's tank is happy and healthy too!! A freaky lump appeared on Lipstick. It must have come up pretty quickly, because I only noticed it last night, and it is almost the size of a pea (and she's pretty small still). But it might have come up more slowly, because I have adopted Helen's "let fish be fish" philosophy, which has really reduced the fish related stress in my life. But I haven't been inspecting them as closely of late. The only thing I can think of that may have contributed is that I forgot to use Prime with my last water change. Thesis Brain hasn't quite left the building But here is the form and a video, because she's far too zippy to photograph well! The lump is on her left hand side, just behind her gills, so you can see it from the front and when she faces the left of the screen. Excuse all the others trying to get their 15 seconds of fame! I haven't seen anything like this before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDkeV_NM4fw&feature=youtu.be Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) = 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) < 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) = 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) = 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) =8.0 – 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) = 7.4-7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Fresh Water Master Test Kit (drops) * Water temperature? 21*C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 450 litres, 1.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim canister, 2 x tank capacity per hour. (I know I’m under filtered, and I’m working on fixing this situation. In the meantime I make up for it by under stocking and frequently changing water) * How often do you change the water and how much? 50%, 1- 2 times per week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 week ago, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish (2 comets, 1 fantail, one tele). Combined weight approx 82grams * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, baking soda, GH buffer * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashi (mix of soilent green and super green), occasional blood worms and regular green veggies. * Any new fish added to the tank? Not for ages. Maybe six months to a year ago. * Any medications added to the tank? Nope. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. They have all had two Prazi pro and salt treatments as per Koko’s guidelines. This particular fish only had one Prazi and salt treatment when she first arrived (as she is the newest addition to the tank) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Lipstick has a weird lump just behind her gills. It must have come up pretty quickly, as I only noticed it last night and it was already the size of a small pea, which is huge on her because she is still quite a small fish/ * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nope. Other than this huge lump, there are no signs that she isn’t perfectly healthy.
  4. The three goldfish I have had for a little over a year seem to be doing very well. Chutney, Blunderbuss and Chippy have doubled in size and their colors have gotten much more vibrant. They're active and seem happy. The only problem is a lump on Chutney. (I call him a him because his belly/tail border is not so defined and rounded as the other two.) I noticed the lump (which is described in detail below) two days ago. I know that it wasn't there last Wednesday, when my partner and I moved the tank into our new house. I have no idea what this lump could be. Chutney is acting perfectly normal. We haven't added anything to the tank since the moss balls, back in August of last year, and I washed those very well with the diluted bleach method. The only other things in the tank are river rocks (which I initially boiled very well) that have been there since the tank was first set up. (There used to be a PVC pipe in the tank, but I took it out when we moved because it is not the most attractive thing in the world.) Help me, please. Chutney is such a friendly goldfish and he's everyone's favorite. I want to fix him. * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: Between 0 and 5.0 ppm, closer to 0. * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 72 degrees Fahrenheit / 22 degrees Celsius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 45 US gallons. It has been running since February 2012. It finished cycling in June 2012, and the fish were added July 2012. * Filters: Two filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Because we moved into a new house, I completely changed the water last Wednesday (4 days ago). It was pH- and temperature-matched to the old water. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three lionheads, all 3" long including tails, all quite rotund. Barely any wens yet. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because my city adds chloramine to the water and I want to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them once a day every day except for water change day. Blood worms one day, peas one day, soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets four days. The amount I feed them is enough that each fish eats a pinch about the size of one eyeball, and it's enough to keep them still looking around for food, and to poop in small, not-trailing amounts. When I am not so busy, I feed them the same amount split into two meals per day. * Any new fish added to the tank? No; all three fish were purchased together and added to the tank back in July 2012. * Medication/treatment history for fish and tank: I did the standard Koko's PraziPro/salt treatment when I first got the fish, back in July 2012. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A round, symmetrical lump about 1/3 of the way down from his pectoral fins to his pelvic fins, along the middle of his belly. His belly is white and the lump is kind of pink. Since I noticed it two days ago, it has gotten slightly bigger and darker. I have tried to get a picture of the lump, but Chutney is too wiggly and my camera is too bad to get an accurate image of the lump. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, Chutney is behaving exactly as he always has: hungry, friendly, wiggly, and active.
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