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Is there something wrong with my oranda's vent?


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Wow!  It's been a long time since I've been on here for help! (that's a good thing!)

 

Anyway, I can't figure out what is wrong with my oranda's vent.  It looks like something is sticking out of it and it's red.  I noticed it three days ago and have been keeping an eye on it.  It happened just after he/she ate some red leaf lettuce.  They eat it right down to the thick vein part of the leaf...which at first I wondered if it was a hard piece of lettuce coming out! Sounds crazy...but I can't figure out what it is!

He/she has been acting totally normal otherwise.

 

(note: those are not missing scales. they just didn't grow back shiny. It's been like that since he was tiny.)068_zpsh7cmllk0.jpg?t=1430747155

 

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I posted this one just for fun because the little guy looks horrified by what he sees! :rofl3

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Are her fins usually a little bloodshot or is that unusual? She looks a little irritated to my eye and the bloodshot fins plus the reddened, puffy vent concern me a bit. But some fish are a little bloodshot or a little pink naturally, and it doesn't necessarily mean it is something alarming.

And I agree, the photobombing is hilarious!

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Are her fins usually a little bloodshot or is that unusual? She looks a little irritated to my eye and the bloodshot fins plus the reddened, puffy vent concern me a bit. But some fish are a little bloodshot or a little pink naturally, and it doesn't necessarily mean it is something alarming.

And I agree, the photobombing is hilarious!

Yes, the fins always show some streaking.  Everything about this fish is normal except for the vent.  I always thought it was a male fish and that my fantail was the female, because "he" aways chases her and has "his" head in her back end.  So, is he a she??

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So I guess I'm to assume that this is normal and that this is just a female fish?  I swear that the vent completely changed overnight.  I always went by the fact that this fish constantly chases my female fantail around with what I assumed was spawning behavior.  I'm so confused.

 

Now today, I came home from work and noticed that "she" has two white bumps on the edge of her tail today. They weren't there yesterday.  Any idea what this could be? (I just did two rounds of Prazipro within the last month.) 

 

Here are two pictures.  The one shows a close up of the vent.  I just want to be sure that it is normal and I shouldn't be worried. (I'm still pretty ignorant when it comes to fish, but I'm learning)  I guess I'm just nervous because this wasn't how this fish looked 4 days ago or any time before that.  And now the two bumps have me worried.

 

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Well, today a red dot has appeared on "her" wen.  Not sure what it is or why, but the vent is back to normal.

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Well, today a red dot has appeared on "her" wen.  Not sure what it is or why, but the vent is back to normal.

 

Observe and do nothing for now, but do update us.

 

See if you can get bifuran or furan-2 to keep on hand. :)

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