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Fish growth on gill-Please help.

I have a rainbow fish that has a white-pink growth on the gill. It is about 5-6mm high an comes from inside the gill. I don't know what it is and I can't find anything that can help me. I will post some pictures. Let me know if you have any information please.
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My guesses would be cyst, infection, tumor, or parasite.

Pretty wide range of possibilities!

I'd isolate the fish for sure, and try a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which should help with both infection and parasites. If it's a cyst or a tumor then there are few treatment options available.





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well i don't have much to add except that I have to agree with Laura on this one, definitely isolate the fish in a QT tank and see if a broad-spectrum antibiotic seems to help, otherwise I'm not sure. I had a fish that lived happily for some time (before things went haywire in my tank but that's another story) with a growth of some kind on his side. Of course, it wasn't blocking his O2 intake as I suspect the growth on your rainbow's gill might be doing though....

sorry i don't have more insight! Maybe someone else will!


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Also try adding some salt and raising the temps in the QT.
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That is what I will do.

Thanks guys. I will quarantine the fish and start treatment. His breathing is slightly harder than the other fish in the tank. What worries me is the rate this thing grew. It seemed like it happened in a couple of days.

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Fish is doing fine.

After 5 day treatment with tetracycline temperature about 82 and some salt the swelling on the gill started to brake up and now is fully gone. Thank you for your help.

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Nice job, and I'm very glad for the happy ending!





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Hey I'm so glad to hear that! Good work, sounds like your fish are well taken care of!


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