Red bump w/ white middle on Convict Cichlid
Was out of town this past weekend, but when I got home I noticed my convict had a red bump with white in the middle on its left side near its mouth. He is acting fine, and is eating good too. Not sure where is came from. Before I left for the weekend, I did a 50% water change, and then today I did another 50% water change. I have added some pictures, they might be a bit blurry cause it was taken with my phone. Hope this helps, and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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This could be a lot of things, from physical damage and prolapsed flesh to a cyst, a polyp, or numerous other things. I would probably just watch it carefully for a day or two, and if I see no change or a degradation, I would go from there. You may want to quarantine even if it's only inside one of those breeder net boxes.
By the looks of it, it could be lymphocystis, which is best cure using a garlic soaked fish flakes. There is nothing really any you can do.
Perhaps try a fungus cure as well.
I have seen this many times on varoius species of fishes from cardinal tetra's to Large Cichlids.
Like a pimple for us I expect.
I would just stay on top of maint= regular weekly water change and observe.
If condition worsened,,then I would do as suggested above,and quarantine the fish before considering meds.
3% hydrogen peroxide at 5 ml per 10 gallon for two days with water change between each dose has worked for me when these appeared much larger. But have had equal amount of sucesss with just time/good water quality.
Cichlids in particular are more sensitive to Nitrates (too much organic input).
If it is pimple like,,It will burst eventually and so long as there is good water quality, then far less chance of secondary infection.
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