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  1. Chutney, it, Chutney. The goldfish everyone in my family loves best got another lump, but this time it's worse. About 4 days ago, a lump very much like the first showed up, and I assumed it would go away just the same. It was round, slightly smaller than his eye, about that same distance behind his right gill. Two days ago, it turned into an open wound (with white, solid pus), and he started having a little trouble with floatiness. I was afraid his tankmates would pick on him, and I wanted to prevent infection, so I put him in 6 gallons of water in a Sterilite tub, with 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in it. The open wound looked worse this morning, with scales sticking up around it from the puffiness, and the pus coming outwards. But Chutney was still acting okay, so I went out to eat with friends, planning to post here and change the water when I returned. Chutney seemed much more pathetic when I returned home. He was floating way more, and sideways, and seeming more lethargic. If he kept acting like that, I figured he would be dead before morning. I figured I should at least try to excise the pus, because if he died really soon anyway I would have at least tried to save him. So before I put Chutney in the fresh quarantine tank, I did a desperate amateur surgery. I put him in a shallow tray of quarantine tank water, and very gently pressed the sides of the ulcer and pulled off (no resistance) the pus with sterilized tweezers. I then dabbed a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide The ulcer has now appeared to close, and the scales are no longer sticking up around it. He swims around fine now, but sometimes floats upwards, tail end first. Where the lump was is now red, and slightly raised, but the scales are flat. It is kind of white in the middle, but I don't see any pus. It is on an area that is normally white (Chutney is orange and white). I cannot get an accurate image of his side. My camera is too bad. It doesn't show up any better on video. (His tankmates (Chippie and Blunderbuss) are as robust and vigorously healthy as ever.) Here is my post from the first time something like this happened: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112639-what-should-i-do-about-this-lump/ * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: 0 (it's a quarantine tank) * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 68 degrees Fahrenheit * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Regular tank is 45 US gallons, running since February 2012. Quarantine tank I set up yesterday is 6 gallons. * Filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. Nothing on quarantine tank. * How often do you change the water and how much? For the main tank, I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. I last changed it Wednesday. For the quarantine tank I just changed all of the water about an hour ago (and added a tablespoon of salt) It had all fresh water yesterday, with a tablespoon of salt. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, see above. * How many fish in the tank and their size? In 45 gallon: Two lionheads, 3" long including tails. In quarantine: one lionhead that's the same size, who of course usually lives with the other two. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because of chloramine and wanting to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I haven't been feeding Chutney at all in quarantine. Normally, I feed them once a day every day except for water change day, when I don't feed them at all. I feed them 1/2 a block (between the 3 of them) veggie-based gel food five days a week (I can't remember the brand! It comes frozen, in little "serving size" foil things, maybe it was "Formula Two?" It's in a Zip-loc now and I didn't relabel it correctly) and soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets one day a week. * 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. I added a tablespoon of salt to the quarantine tank. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? (All described above.) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Sometimes when Chutney stops swimming, he floats upwards, tail end first, but can correct himself easily.
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