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jdimart
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Diagnosis Help
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:58:39 PM »

Hello All,

I would appreciate some help identifying this disease in one of my fancy goldfish. The fish was kept outdoors all spring and summer in a pond with koi, comets and shad. No other fish is infected, this one is in an isolation tank, and they all are indoors for the central New York winter.

Aside from this one major spot, there are 3-4 other smaller spots that look like pimples. The fish does not rub or show distress in any way.

My local aquarium store suggested Melafix (Melaleuca) which has made no difference after one week of treatment.

Thanks for your thoughts and insight.

Joe D


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Li
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Re: Diagnosis Help
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 10:43:37 PM »

It looks like it could be a tumor, though i can't see it clearly because of the small picture size.  A tumor can have an appearance  like wart or  large blister. It can be either non-cancerous or malignant, but the only way to know for sure is through a biopsy of the affected tissue. Most tumors can be surgically  removed   by an aquatic vet.  If the fish is still eating and acting normally, you can wait to see if the tumor keeps growing before you decide what to do. Some fish will do just fine if the tumor is non-cancerous.
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asorvia
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Re: Diagnosis Help
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 11:22:48 PM »

thanks a bajillion for the picture. you have no idea how many times i read pages where people try and describe what's wrong with their fish on forums like this(although most of you guys are really good about posting pictures)
Diagnosis? looks like a normal tumor. i have no idea if its malignant or not, only time will tell.
Funny story- once, i got a call from this poor lady who thought her fish had some sort of brain cancer (i had to shift around appointments to see her urgent case because i felt terrible about making her wait) so when i arrived and she showed me her tank, i had to tell her that she had, not a cancerous fish, but a fine example of a lionheaded goldfish.
sometimes, i love my job.
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arajess
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Re: Diagnosis Help
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 10:34:51 PM »

I have a little fancytail calico and he/she has a red spot kinda by his eye and gill and I was wondering what it is and how do I treat it? also I wanted to know why we cant use reg salt in the aquarium?Thanks
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Imeti
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Re: Diagnosis Help
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009, 11:05:53 PM »

arajess , you can use regular table salt ,but make sure it does not contain iodine, which is toxic to fish. Aquarium salt is the best if you able to get it.  Red spot can be the result of a bacterial infection or dirty water.  If it's a bacterial infection you can treat it with an antibacterial agent like Melafix or similar.  Often , water quality is the primary reason most goldfish become sick.
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asorvia
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Re: Diagnosis Help
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2009, 09:31:50 PM »

Actually, Imeti, a red spot can be mere coloration...some fish that are not mine have had red dots under their mouths which have stayed there the fish's whole life of more than 10 years. i have never seen the peculiarity in any other fish than pure golden American fantails, and the spot of red can appear anywhere in the head region. however, once it forms, it does not move.
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