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Large Old Goldfish with Tumour

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We have had our 2 goldfish for about 8 years now and they are still going strong. Their bodies are each about 8" long and the white fish has about an 4" fancy tail as well.  In the winter they are in our big aquarium in the house, and we put them in the pond outside during the summer. About 3 years ago the orange goldfish developed a lump on his side which grew and looks like a tumor now... recently it opened up at the top and part of it has turned white.  We have done Metafix treatments in the tank for the period that is recommended, over the last couple of years to try & help get rid of the tumor. The white fish is just fine, but we are worried about the orange fish.  If anyone has idea of what we can do to try and help our fish that would be great.   Thanks.

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Hi there! Generally speaking once the tumors start splitting it’s a good idea to cut them off so the fish doesn’t suffer a secondary infection. If you don’t pay a vet, that involves some clove oil, a scalpel, and some fishy surgery. Is that something you’d like to try? There aren’t really other options that work, and surgical excision can be stressful for the fish and the tumor can grow back. But if it’s been going slowly for three years that’s a good sign any regrown might be similarly slow.

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older fish are prone to tumors. so long as the tumor is not interfering with eating or breathing you can leave it alone. It is not spreading and that is a good sign. you do have to watch for the other fish picking at it but other than that the fish should be fine. Surgery is ok if you know what you are doing but why risk it if the fish is generally fine. I know  it is not pleasant to look at but I would not want to risk the safety of the fish unless I knew what I was doing

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