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Old 05-14-2013, 11:22 AM   #1 
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Tumor or something on Gill!

I just did a massive water change and then switched the boys' sides so now Ludendorff is under the lighted side and Bowser is on the other. But this is when I noticed a white lump on Ludendorff's gill, not only that but it looks like there's a spot that's peeling too, like a healing sunburn. I took some pics:

Now, I read that sick fish sticky enough to know what's on it..

*Lude is in a 5g split with Bowser.
*temp is steady 81F
*filtered and heated, no air stone
*Bowser and a nerite snail are his only "tankmates"
*They're fed every day or second day various brands of pellets and frozen bloodworms, alternating by day
*Water is changed every week, about 50% at a time
*water is conditioned with Nutrifin AquaPlus, nothing else added
*live plants
*Acting fine as he always does. First noticed the lump today.
*I bought him in February 2012 but the store buys the older VT's from Asia (cost effective) so he's probably close to 2 years old.

It doesn't seem to bother him and it's not swollen but does anyone have any idea what it could be?
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #2 
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I just noticed as he moved his gills in and out breathing, there's a small bit of white fuzz-slime coat-something moving with it on the side pictured above.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #4 
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Looks like the possible beginnings of lymphocystis. That's a virus that causes cauliflower-like growths on the body; the severity depends on how stressed the fish's immune system. Some fish get covered in them, some only get one or two cysts.

This can't be treated but it is almost always nonfatal and clears up on its own. Clean water will help. The only real dangers are if a cyst pops and becomes infected or if the cysts interfere with breathing and eating. In Lude's case, there is a real possibility that if he gets more of them, it could interfere with gill action but so far so good.
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