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Thoughts on this? It popped up literally overnight. At first, I was thinking it scraped itself but perhaps it could be a fungus. I did a 50% water change and the fish is eating (seems not bothered). I am in the process of setting up a hospital tank and was thinking along the lines of api pimafix and salt (half dosage) as these fish are more sensitive.

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Looks like a scrape in the pictures. Is that a possibility?

*edit- reread your initial post. I do have to say it looks much more like a scrape than a fungus. I'd honestly just keep the water clean and attempt to let it heal on its own for a few days and see how he does.
 

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Pathogens are ever present in the water column and open wounds can risk infection. While I wouldn't medicate specifically for something until you can diagnose the problem, you could prevent a potential infection by lightly dosing some common bacterial medications.
 

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Where there is a fungal infection there is a bacterial infection first. True fungal infections are very rare in the freshwater aquarium. It looks like it may be a scrape or injury that has become infected with bacteria/fungus. The fish still looks pretty healthy: bright eyes, full tummy, no clenching of fins next to body or droopiness of fins ( which indicates weakness). Do you have access to malachite green or methelyene blue? These are the active ingredients in most external parasite meds for Ich. This would be a far better med ( anti-bacterial and antifungall) to use than Pimafix ( an antiseptic with very minimal anti-fungal properties).
 

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Where there is a fungal infection there is a bacterial infection first. True fungal infections are very rare in the freshwater aquarium. It looks like it may be a scrape or injury that has become infected with bacteria/fungus. The fish still looks pretty healthy: bright eyes, full tummy, no clenching of fins next to body or droopiness of fins ( which indicates weakness). Do you have access to malachite green or methelyene blue? These are the active ingredients in most external parasite meds for Ich. This would be a far better med ( anti-bacterial and antifungall) to use than Pimafix ( an antiseptic with very minimal anti-fungal properties).
I only suggested pimafix because it helped my goldfish that scraped a scale off and got a minor, what appeared to be, fungal infection.
 

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I only suggested pimafix because it helped my goldfish that scraped a scale off and got a minor, what appeared to be, fungal infection.
It can help with minor issues. The 2 recommended are a better option, however.
BUT, being that the OP is in Canada, may not be able to use anything other than Pimafix- so good call on your part if that's the case.
 
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