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jstengren 12-11-2009 01:31 PM

Little White Solid Mass?
Hi all, new to the forums. I recently stocked my first cycled tank with a blue dwarf gourami and 8 ember tetra. All the levels are perfect, water's clear, etc. After I got my dwarf gourami, upon closer inspection I noticed that his jaw is sorta screwed-up... think Jimmy from South Park. I've since named him Butch.

So, a couple days after getting him and noticing his jaw issue, I saw a scale where his jaw-bone connects to his neck sorta sticking out; it reflects light more than the rest of him when he swims around. I figured it was just due to his abnormal jaw structure. Now, a week or two later, there's a little tiny hard-looking white mass growing under the scale. It's no more than a mm or so in width/length, but seems to be slowly growing. There's nothing else wrong with him... he eats, swims all over the place, is vividly colorful, and seems otherwise healthy. The growth almost seems like a little wart, or tumor? Ideas?

Fusion MK 12-11-2009 07:07 PM

Ahah! The only disease with simptoms like this piscine tuberculosis. There is a risk of the fish passing the tuberculosis to you, so be careful. This is the closest thing that I can think of that matches your discription, but if the mass is growing under his scale(s), then it probably isn't piscine tuberculosis.
This is probably a tumor. Tumors are untreatable, but usually don't affect a fish's quality of life. If the fish seems happy and healthy, let it be

jstengren 12-12-2009 06:29 PM

Here's a photo of his face. The left-side of his jaw (right-side from your perspective) is pushed-out a bit, and his left-eye is sorta sunken looking because of the bulge.

Fusion MK 12-18-2009 11:41 PM

If the untrained eye can't spot it, it usually isn't bad. That does not look like a tumor or any protozoan. If he/she is happy, let him/her be.

jstengren 12-22-2009 12:43 PM

Update for you guys -- The little oblong white growth is still growing, but very slowly. As of yesterday, it appears to have broken the skin. The white bump is now a white bump with a couple skin fragments around it. I'll post pictures later. He's still swimming around and eating though.

Fusion MK 12-22-2009 07:05 PM

If the white object has broken the skin, then you may have something to worry about. This is almost definately a tumor, but most fish afflicted with tumors live long lives. Can I get some pictures?

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