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Strange Growth on Goldfish Head

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This has been a problem that’s been around for a while. I’ve tried other forums, but nobody even responded to my post. I have an Oranda goldfish with a strange growth on its head. It started on the top of its head and spread to the sides of its head. It had the growth on both sides, but now the one side has no sign that there was anything there. As you can see, the growth on the other side is abnormally large. This just grew to this size. It was much smaller. I can’t seem to figure out what it is or how to fix it. Any help would be fantastic. Thank you for your time. https://ibb.co/9YXLZFm

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Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:

 

Test Results for the Following:

 Ammonia Level(Tank)

 Nitrite Level(Tank)

 Nitrate level(Tank)

 Ammonia Level(Tap)

 Nitrite Level(Tap)

 Nitrate level(Tap)

 Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

Other Required Info:

 Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

 Water temperature?

 Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

 What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

 How often do you change the water and how much?

 How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

 How many fish in the tank and their size?

 What kind of water additives or conditioners?

 What do you feed your fish and how often?

 Any new fish added to the tank?

 Any medications added to the tank?

 List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

 Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

 Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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It’s a tumor, I’m afraid.  Those sort of growths aren’t super common but they do happen; and we have had several forum members in in recent years with fish that present with those growths.  They can be operated on and removed but could very well grow back, and it’s stressful to the fish. So my advice is to let the fish live comfortably as long as he is still able to swim and eat, and when that is impeded we may want to consider euthanasia.

 Now, it could be possible that conditions in your tank are leading to infections as well, and we could evaluate and discuss how to optimize his environment to help keep him healthy as long as possible. To do that, though, we need you to fill out the entire form Koko provided with as much detail as possible :)

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