10-10-2013, 10:50 PM
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Hey Termato, Chesh asked me to take a look at your thread. The spots look raised to me, correct? And his behavior is perfectly normal?
Classic lymphocystis presentation. Google image it and see if the white spots match up (too many good images to paste here).
Lymphocystis is a virus that is contagious and is also non-treatable. It causes cauliflower-like growths on the fins and body. The quantity and severity of the growths depends on the fish's immune system. Some fish who are under severe stress (like newly imported fish, especially wild-caught) can develop a lot of cysts. Others develop one or two and no more.
Now while lympho is non-treatable, the good news is that is is rarely fatal. As long as the fish is kept in good conditions, it is usually able to mount a defense and the virus disappears on its own after a few months. The only dangers are if the cysts burst and become infected or if the cysts grow to a point that they interfere with the fish's ability to eat or breathe. So far, it doesn't look like a problem on your boy.
If you have other fish, try not to cross-contaminate. Other than that, keep the water clean (which I know you do) and add aquarium salt or perhaps meth blue if one of the cysts bursts.
Good luck and keep us updated.