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[*]Test Results for the Following: Results after water change 1/16/09

[0]Ammonia Level?

[0]Nitrite Level?

[5]Nitrate level?

[7.6]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

[7.6]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?

[API master freshwater test kit]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

[70]Water temperature?

[10g Has been running for 2 years]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

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

[2-3 times a week about 60% each time]How often do you change the water and how much?

2 about 5 inches]How many fish in the tank and their size?

I have been salting 1/2 teaspoon per gallon for about a month now due to a bump in my cycle. Aquasafe, and cycle. Some times amquel +]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

They just got over septicimea about a month ago, so now they are eating jump start for at least another week]What do you feed your fish and how often?

[nope]Any new fish added to the tank?

[no]Any medications added to the tank?

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

[no]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

Ok here's my dilemma. For a few weeks now, I have noticed a spot on Gracie behind her gills/gill plate up towards the top of her body that looked like a scale was missing. Now it looks like the scale is trying to grow in. There are the beginnings of a scale, but it doesn't seem to be making any progress. Its more of a slight lump under the skin. Externally it looks flesh colored, and it almost doesn't look like scales are missing like a kind of hole in the skin where one would be. Its almost flush with the body, but no scales. Could a scale get ingrown, and cause a cyst or lump under the skin? The lump is barely noticeable. Seems to be bothering me more than it does the fish. Other than that she is acting normally.

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Chester lost a scale (or *something*) back when he had bad fin rot, and the exact same thing happened -- a bump that gradually got bigger and darker, and now he's got this weird, maybe permanent cyst thingy stuck to him.

Don't know if it's the same thing, but I had absolutely zero luck treating him with either medicated food or sulpher-ish medicines.

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Chester lost a scale (or *something*) back when he had bad fin rot, and the exact same thing happened -- a bump that gradually got bigger and darker, and now he's got this weird, maybe permanent cyst thingy stuck to him.

Don't know if it's the same thing, but I had absolutely zero luck treating him with either medicated food or sulpher-ish medicines.

That's exactly what my comet Areil has. It happened over a year ago, and she has not shown any ill effects, but it may have been a rather rare situation

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Here is a link to photobucket to see the pictures of Gracie. The spot is right behind the gills/gill plate up towards the dorsal fin area. It looks like a missing scale spot but it just doesn't look right. Tell me what you guys think it might be, or am I just overreacting. Like I said it looks like a bump/cyst thing, but when I was holding her I ran my finger over the spot and it just feels like flesh no hard lump or anything. http://i399.photobucket.com/albums/pp72/Sn...24/IMG_0491.jpg

http://i399.photobucket.com/albums/pp72/Sn...24/IMG_0487.jpg

http://i399.photobucket.com/albums/pp72/Sn...24/IMG_0486.jpg

http://i399.photobucket.com/albums/pp72/Sn...24/IMG_0485.jpg

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It looks like a normal growing scale to me. You could raise your salt to "tonic level" 0.1% or 1 TSP per gallon. Also, you shouldn't salt all the time as it will negate the effect you need when it's really needed.

And might I add, what a GORGEOUS comet! But....

You need to get a bigger tank for them. Gracie alone should have 20 gallons, plus another 10 or 20 for the second fish.

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I had to salt the tank, because I had a bump in the cycle after treating the tank a month ago with maracyn2 for septicimia. I am in the nitrite phase right now, and am waiting for them to disappear.

I have a bigger tank, I am just a waiting set up as I have to leak test it and so on.

I hope its just normal scale growth, but the bump under the skin which i don't think you can see from the photos is the part that concerns me the most.

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