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Old 06-18-2010, 09:44 PM   #1 
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Merlin's sick... again.

Today when doing water changes I finally got the lights put back on my 10 gallon tanks (I'd just been using room light since I moved them.. just out of laziness). Well I was shocked to find Merlin has a huge mass on his head. He looks like an oranda goldfish. The scales on his head are pine coned. The rest of him looks perfectly fine, his activity is also normal.

I don't know what it is. I'd checked him every day but I guess since the tank wasn't properly lighted I couldn't see this mass growing (since Merlin's head is black and hard to see on a good day).

Right now hes in my 5 gallon hospital tank with a double dose of Jungle Fungus Clear. I figured antibacterials can't hurt until I can diagnose what his issue is. Since I just lost Mr. Pink I decided I didn't want to try the whole aquarium salt thing but just go straight to meds. He responded really well to the JFC when he had popeye.

I tried getting some pictures but again since Merlin's head is black I can't get a detailed picture, I spent 20 minutes taking picture after picture and all of them make him look either blurry or don't show the mass.

I googled tumors but really couldn't find anything definite to say what could be causing it or how to treat it. I feel bad for the little guy, first fin rot, then pop eye, now this. I'm just praying its not Fish TB, I don't want it to affect the rest of my fish.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:46 PM   #2 
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I'm sorry about Merlin! I wish I knew what to tell you to do for him.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:42 AM   #3 
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I'm crossing my fingers for you. I hope he gets better soon.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:54 AM   #4 
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Poor merlin! I hope he gets better soon!
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:02 AM   #5 
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Thanks guys.

He looks better today. From what I can tell what ever was swelling on his head has gone down slightly. Its not fully gone though because I can still see some of his scales sticking up.

I'm going to leave him in the tank with the JFC for 5-7 days. Halfway through I'm going to do a water change and re-dose. I'm also going to either go buy some medicated food or garlic and start feeding him with that.

I still have no clue what's causing it. It doesn't look like dropsy to me and I can't find any other illness that would cause it.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:39 AM   #6 
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Poor Merlin. Seems like it never rains but pours for that poor little dude, huh? I hope he gets better soon.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:43 AM   #7 
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Look this up and see if it fits
Lymphocystis, Cauliflower Disease
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:32 PM   #8 
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I don't think its cauliflower disease.. everything I could find said cauliflower disease usually shows white growths, whereas Merlin's head is still the normal color. Its almost as if there is something under his skin that is causing the bulge and making his scales stick up.
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