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Old 11-30-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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[Help] White Spot / Growth on angelfish


I’ve just got back home from being away on business for 2 month's, i've had my girlfriend looking after my planted tank and obviously something has gone very very wrong.

She called me about a week ago to tell me that a white pimple has appeared on my angelfish, the pimple protrudes from the fish by about 2mm and there is no redness or soreness around the pimple, its defiantly not ich as i keep my tank at 86F and all my fish have been acclimatising to this temperature over a 8 month period and thus far have been fine.

I'm about to remove my angelfish from my planted tank into a quarantine tank i’ve just set up but i’ve no idea what to treat it with because i don’t know what the problem is in the first place.

No other fish in the tank have shown any kind of illness / spots / growths on there body.

This is a picture of said angelfish http://img196.imageshack.us/i/spotgk.jpg/

Edit: The growth / spot is about 2mm round and sticks out about 2mm, the end of it does look sort of "fuzzy"

I've really no idea if this is a fungal or bacterial infection and would really like someone to point me in the right direction so i can hopefully medicate this fish.

Tank: 55 Gal, heavily planted, 3x 54W T5 lighting, dosed with flourish excel + diy CO2, dry mixed ferts, eheim 2026 filter.

Stocked with:

2x Marble Angels
2x Kribensus
6x Bronze Cory’s
2x Pepper Cory’s
1x Dragon Gobie
2x Golden Long Fin Rams
9x Harlequins
1x Pandagarra
1x Glass Catfish

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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Well i seperated him into my 10 Gal quarantene tank and added 4 teaspoons of marine salt to the water, as soon as a put him in the white lump on the side of him had fallen off and left behind a red sore.

Ive added some maracyn to the tank also and will just monitor him for a few days to see if the sore heals up.

Anyone have any idea as to what the problem could be?
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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I hope you don't mean you used a mix for a reef tank when said "marine salt".
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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I hope you don't mean you used a mix for a reef tank when said "marine salt".
By salt i mean sea salt, as in the "pure" salt you would get left over if boiled salt water from the ocean.
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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Well i seperated him into my 10 Gal quarantene tank and added 4 teaspoons of marine salt to the water, as soon as a put him in the white lump on the side of him had fallen off and left behind a red sore.

Ive added some maracyn to the tank also and will just monitor him for a few days to see if the sore heals up.

Anyone have any idea as to what the problem could be?
The fact that the lump "fell off" in salt water makes it sound to me like it may have been a parasite of some sort.

I think you're doing exactly what you should, and I'd just keep an eye on him and make sure the water quality stays good for a few weeks.
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #6
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I would keep the water clean, can't see much from the photo you provided, hard to tell.
Is the Angel behaving normally(eating, moving, no other problems?) I wouldn't go crazy with all the meds.
If other fish is ok, then chances are it is not bacterial.
Pimafix and melafix would help the wound, if meds involved i like the jungle meds(external and internal)
Hope all will be OK.
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That type of salt contains a lot more than just sodium chloride and will likely raise the ph well above 8.0 Most reef salts are designed to buffer the water to a ph of 8.4 which is far above the comfort zone of most angelfish.
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He said he's using Sea Salt, which is just about as pure NaCl as you can get.
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Well i cant work out whats up with this still, my water quality is in my opinion perfectly crystal clear with a PH of about 7.2 which is CO2 controlled, i have a inline UV filter and do water changes of 30% monthly, amonia is 0ppm.

No other fish are showing signs of stess and are just perfectly happy, yet why my angelfish got this "pimple" in the first place is rather worrying. I think ill keep him in quarantene until he is 100% and there is no redness aroud where the lump was.
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It could be anything, a cut, aggression, or a parasite, just in case would give jungle parasite food to eat for a couple days and see.
keep up with large water changes.
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I had the same thing happen to an angelfish of mine a few months ago. No other fish were sick, and she acted completely normal, but she had a little white 'pimple' on her side behind one of her pectoral fins. I didn't have a quarantine tank to put her in, so I left her in the main tank, turned the temperature up from 78 to 85, and salted the water pretty well. Just like yours, it fell off, left a nasty looking red wound, and healed up within a week. It never happened again, and I haven't seen it before. I have no idea what it was. Maybe a bite from another fish that got infected and made an abscess?
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He said he's using Sea Salt, which is just about as pure NaCl as you can get.
I think you should Google it.
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We cook with sea salt. Most of the sea salt you buy at the grocery store is NaCl, and generally only the more expensive mined salts have the fancy mineral contents (and come in different colors and flavors). You usually have to get those at gourmet stores.
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You REALLY should Google it.
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LOL I did.

We also cook with sea salt so I've got some on the kitchen counter. It's NaCl.
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