shovelnose catfish trouble-- disease?
I got a shovelnose catfish (aprox 6'') from my LFS about 4 weeks ago. He's been doing great in my tank; no issues. When I purchased him, he had a weird bump on his side, near his anal vent. The guy at the LFS said it was a scar from a bite, and the fish was only 15$ so I bought him. Well, the 'bump' got larger and larger, and has split into what looks like two bumps, and is breaking the skin of the poor shovelnose. Does anyone know what this is? Im worried it could spread to my other fish. it looks very red where it's coming through the skin. At first I thought it was a tumor or something, but now it looks more like a white-head/ acne type thing that is about to burst. Help! any help appreciated. Also, i just noticed a red spot on his tail. If anyone wants a closer pic I'll get another.
The closets thing I could come up with that resembles the fishes issue is flesh worms. I've known flesh worms to replicate themselves and cause bumps on the body like that.
Good news there is treatment. It's a parasitic worm. If you could find Binox or Fungus eliminator these are recommended to handle the issue. It's the best advice I can give at the moment.
If you go into the diseases section and just scan all the pictures in the sticky thread you may find your own matches, us looking at a shot is not as good as you looking at the fish.
Not that it isn't what's mentioned, just that you have a better visual than we do.
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