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peachyqui 08-06-2012 05:27 PM

Weird lump on neon tetra's side?
Hi everyone,

I have a 55 gallon tank that has been set up for about 4.5 months with 2 gold dust mollies, 3 platies, 3 dalmatian mollies, and 4 neon tetras. One of the tetras has had this weird lump on its stomach for a while that actually changes shape. If you watch it, it will split from one lump into 2 and back into one again. Today there was this pink ball on its side and I realized it was coming out of the fish. Now, it seems to have gone back into its body, but the tip is still showing. Any ideas? I tried to get a pic but it just moves too fast. Sorry for the long post.

jaysee 08-06-2012 06:08 PM

A picture really would be helpful. Can you net the fish and get the picture?

peachyqui 08-06-2012 10:42 PM

I tried, but it just seemed to be stressing the fish out like crazy and I couldn't get one. It seriously is just a little pinkish orange ball sticking out of the fish's side. :/ It's acting totally normal though...

Chesh 08-07-2012 12:58 AM

Tetra are impossible to catch or get pictures of. . . have you done an image search on Google to find something that looks similar? That might give a bit more to go on. . . I hope he's okay :/

eat6298 09-11-2012 06:15 PM

Hey, I also have a neon tetra with the strange moving lump/swollen stomach thing going on. I'm curious what the status is on your fish, if you attempted treating it, found out what was wrong, etc. I have pics of mine in a post i just made yesterday

is it similar? i haven't seen a 'pink ball' on it's side as you describe, just the moving stomach...

Pearl2011 09-11-2012 06:57 PM

Maybe some kind of worm? I cant remember the name, but the kind that lives in the stomach and make them emaciated and skinny?? Humans can get it too, not trying to freak you out, just saying so other people might reconize it.

eat6298 09-11-2012 09:22 PM

yea i thought about some kind of worm too. if no one has a better idea i'll probably try to treat with some internal parasite medication.

peachyqui 09-26-2012 08:34 PM

The tetra that I originally had this problem with has died, but now another one has it. I honestly have no idea what it is! Eat6298, mine look just like the pics you have up. :/ I can't find any pictures online and no one seems to know what it is. If you find anything out about it, please let me know! Good luck!!

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