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is this a tumor? :-(

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I've had him/her for about 5 years. The bump started out small but recently it got bigger :-(

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it looks to be. but don't be too concerned, it shouldn't affect the health of your fish. external tumors are usually quite harmless. they can be cut off with not a huge deal of effort, but unfortunately, in my experience, they do regrow after a few months of having cut them flush to the scales.

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thanks for your reply. Would putting potassium permanganate on it help? Or just leaving it alone be best. Are these terminal? :-(

Edit: I just read this, *external link removed*

Feed intoxications can happen in aquarium settings. The most common of these is a result of feeding fish foods contaminated with the aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus, a mold that grows on the feed. When this aflatoxin is eaten, it causes rapid growth of tumors and a high death rate. Moldy feeds should always be discarded.

that might explain it, I feed her these flakes and they do kind of get soggy when I get to the bottom of the food container.

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in my experience, external tumors are not terminal. you can check the ingredients on the food of which you feed to see if this is so. for my fish, he was fed a diet of home made gelfood, Repashy products and fresh (softened) vegetables and he still had tumors growing. so i feel that it is very much to the individual more so than the feeds. that said, the feeds can be a contributing factor to the growth rate of the tumor.

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As unsightly as a tumor can be, luckily they're almost always benign in nature. :) But I'm sure your fish would appreciate the benefits an good staple pellet or gel food would offer regardless!

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