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Old 08-22-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default neon tetra with swollen lip?

What could cause a tetra to have a swollen bottom lip? I noticed this about 2 weeks ago when I came home after being gone for 2 weeks. One tetra had a weird lip and 2 others had faded in color. The color doesn't seem as faded as then. They are all eating and active. I've had them for about a month now.

Tank Size: 16 gallon bowfront

Water Parameters: am:0 NI:0 NA:15

Water Changes: every 6-8 days depending on when I find the time to make myself do it. 3 gallons so that's about 20%

Feeding: every night I feed a small amount of a mix of hikari micropellets, hikari microwafers, freeze-dried bloodworms, hikari betta biogold, and the tetra pick at the wafers meant for the cories.

Fish in the tank: 1 betta, 9 neon tetra, and just added 10 pygmy cories yesterday
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:54 PM   #2
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maybe bumped it's mouth , injury, tumor??
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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could it be fungal?
got any pics?
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
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This is what the fish looks like:


Compared to what the neons normally look like:
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:36 PM   #5
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Could be related to Bubba Buford Blue.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:26 AM   #6
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growth or tumor.Can't see any fuzz on it.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:00 AM   #7
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i've seen this kinda pout on black mollies in the past. when this happens, for some reason, the fish starts getting nippy.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:30 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Ghost Knife View Post
Could be related to Bubba Buford Blue.
haha! nice one!

He's still eating, swimming, and acting normal. I haven't noticed him nipping at the other fish.

If it is a tumor or growth, is there something specific that could have caused it?
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Originally Posted by xraytetralover View Post
haha! nice one!

He's still eating, swimming, and acting normal. I haven't noticed him nipping at the other fish.

If it is a tumor or growth, is there something specific that could have caused it?
It almost likes a fungal issue without the whiteness of fungus. I guess just keep an eye on it.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:13 PM   #10
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looks like swelling (edema), extra fluid in the lip. Not sure what causes it. I heard viruses, bacteria, and/or injury (fighting/digging).
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When I looked at it today it almost looked like a little bubble... like a blister sort of thing?
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:51 PM   #12
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Don't pop it, it could become infected lol.

Its strange, just watch for abnormal behavior.
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yah, just like a blister, full of liquid. If they scrape it off, there will be a big red hole with no scales that can easily get infected.
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Oh well i was kind of kidding but i guess it could happen.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:28 AM   #15
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It could be a tumor, but it looks like liquid to me. Its not really a disease, its a symptom. It could be a sign a bad disease or just evidence of a bumped nose. There are some really nasty pictures of fish ulcers on the disease sights. You don't want holes in your fish.
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