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lillalina 08-10-2008 07:41 AM

Neon with blob on it's lip.
Hello all, first post for me here :)

One of my neons have gotten a blob on his lip. It looks like its really swollen. None of the others have it and he sticks to the others as usual. Does anyone know what this could be?

Info about tank:
I have a 50 gallon tank with freshwater. Been setup for about 1,5-2 months. In it I have a small number of neons, 10 of them, 2 ancistrus, 3 shrimp and 3 botia. There are quite a number of plants in there too, all growing very well. The temperature varies between 78-84, a bit warm, but the fish seem to be quite happy in there. The filters/pumps are one standard Jewel that comes with the tank, quite weak, and the other is a Aquael with both normal filter and "bio-rocks" in it. I have fluid co2 that i use everyday for the plants. The tank gets no direct sunlight at all. I exchange water every other week, about 30% and then add something called Aquasafe that makes tapwater suitable for fishtanks. It says on the bottle that it neutralizes aggressive chlorine and heavy metals. I feed every morning with microgranules that are good for the tetras and every third day i exchange the tetra-food with bloodworms. I have two tubes with white light that are on about 8 hrs a day.

Flashygrrl 08-10-2008 07:46 AM

White blob? Red blob? Any pictures possible? Have you tested your water parameters using a liquid test kit? API makes a good one that everyone pretty much everyone around here uses.

lillalina 08-10-2008 08:06 AM

There's no specific color. It's not like something that's been growing on the outside its more like a swelling. Basically you could call it a supersized lip. :P It's not like a tennisball, but in proportion to the fish it's big. Unfortunately I have no possibility of getting pictures into my computer. :(

I have not checked my water with any testing kits. The reason for that is because everything seems to fuction really well. The substrate i use is a combination of a kind of mud, iron-balls and gravel. The mud is "collecting" ammonia from the water and turns it into nitrate for the plants. Thats what the staff at the store said anyway.

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