Skirt Tetra With A Bump On Her Jaw Help

  1. R

    Rarityxoxo New Member Member

    This is my skirt tetra Violet, I noticed recently that she has developed a big bump on her jaw. I was away from work for a month (she was in a tank in my business lobby but now in my home) and came back to this. My coworker who took over for the month didn't notice it, unbelievably! She had no growth there before, so I'm at a loss as to what it could be. Doesn't appear to be cottonmouth or mouth rot. It's not red or wounded looking either. Could it be a lymphocystitis? Her tank mates (4 other skirts, 1 oto) are all doing fine so far, no bumps on them anywhere.

    Could it be that she's developing a tumor from old age? She's my 2nd oldest, had her almost 5 years now. I know their life span is usually 5-7 years. The growth hasn't slowed her down a bit, she's still the alpha of the tank, she eats with no difficulty, so it doesn't seem to be affecting her yet. I'm just very concerned about what it could be and I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions are sooo much appreciated!

    It's a 20 gallon, water parameters seem good to me:
    pH 7.4
    NH3/NH4 0ppm
    NO2 0ppm
    NO3 5ppm
     

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  2. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

  3. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDude Well Known Member Member

    To me, it does look very tumor like in appearence.
     


  4. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    Thank you so much!
     
  5. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    Do you have a fish vet available to assess this growth? Especially if it’s benign, a vet may be able to remove or at least reduce it. Otherwise, keep the water clean. Depending on the growth pattern, it will eventually interfere with eating. Others may come on with different opinions. Keep us posted? Please? :(
     
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    R

    Rarityxoxo New Member Member

    Thanks so much everyone. I change water religiously (20% every Saturday) but I will make sure to keep their water extra pristine. Would it help to add some aquarium salt in the meantime?
    My local vet said she would see Violet but I think an aquatic vet specialist might be better. My closest aquatic vet is quite a drive, I hope it won't stress her out too much but it sounds like might be our only option.
    I've never had a fish with lymphocystis before but I read it can cause growths like this. Anyone with experience with the virus? I'm just concerned if that's what it is that her tank mates will be infected with it.
     
  7. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    There’s only the one bump right? As big as it sounds there’d usually be a few more little bumps started. For something like this, if you can get her to a vet, it would be wonderful. We can’t physically look her over or look at cells under a scope but the vet can. Fish vet would be ideal but your regular vet would be ok. Keep us posted? Please? Begging.