:/ It is true that not all cases of mycobacteria cause the ulcers. The growths could be the granulomas that come with fish TB; when these granulomas grow on the inside of the fish's stomach, they can sometimes attach to the spine and cause it to bend (thus the spinal deformity commonly seen with fish TB).
Signs of TB include pop-eye, loss of appetite, lethargy, and wasting away.
About how big are the lumps? Are they smaller, like dot-sized or larger than that?
One other possibility is gas bubble disease. You know those bubbles that form on the tank walls and everything after water changes? Those are gas bubbles that form from supersaturation (quickly warming up cold water can cause this). Sometimes, when fish breathe in those bubbles, the bubbles escape into the bloodstream and can then attach themselves to the body wall. These bubbles can form bubbles under the skin. This does usually happen near the head region, though. A fish with gas bubble disease can have numerous bubbles on the head and fins.
GBD is pretty uncommon but uncommon doesn't mean it can't happen.
If you think there may be a possibility that your fish have something bacterial in nature, I would suggest getting them all into at least 1 tsp per gallon of epsom salt to offset any fluid buildup. Then begin the hunt for Seachem Kanaplex, which is one antibiotic that could be effective against mycobacteria.
For your tanks . . . if you don't have time for bleach, you could rinse things in hot water and a bit of vinegar. You won't need to rinse as often as you would if you used bleach. I think that would sterilize things enough to move them back into the 55g. If it does turn out to be TB, then the tank can be sterilized with bleach later.