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Hello all
I am a newbie her and I need help with my Oscar.

He had developed a pea size cyst on on of his pectoral fins.
It is white in color and otherwise doing just fine.

Any help would be great .

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Can you post a pic?

What size tank do you have him in?

What are the other inhabitants?

What is your normal tank maintenance routine?

What are the water parameters on the tank?

Kim
 

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He is in a 90 . Tank mates are mostly African cichlids.
I do a 40% change once a week. Clean or replace the filters every 2 months. I run two Aquaclear 110 with Carbon and zeolite.

AM 0
N2 0
N3 30
PH 7.4
Temp 80

Here is the best pic I could take.
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll30 ... 0_6700.jpg
It is the white lump at the base of the pectoral.

Otherwise seemes fine. Eating fine and behavior is the same.

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It may be just a cyst, or early signs of lymphocystis. Either way, there may not be anything you can do about it other than keep the water pristine and hope for the best.

If he should start flashing or develop any "twitchy" behaviour, then you may be dealing with some sort of external parasite, but from what I can tell from the pic and the size of it, I don't think that's what it is.

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cichlidaholic said:
It may be just a cyst, or early signs of lymphocystis. Either way, there may not be anything you can do about it other than keep the water pristine and hope for the best.

If he should start flashing or develop any "twitchy" behaviour, then you may be dealing with some sort of external parasite, but from what I can tell from the pic and the size of it, I don't think that's what it is.

Kim
Thanks, Is this fatal ?
 

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If it's just a single cyst, it's not. If it's lymphocystis, sometimes the cysts get a bit out of control, and will cover a large portion of the fish. I've never heard of it being fatal, but it will sometimes get in the mouth area and cause problems eating, which can lead to other problems.

Hopefully, you're just dealing with a single cyst.

Should the oscar start acting like it's bothering him, we might need to check into other possibilities, but as long as he's behaving normally, I wouldn't be overly concerned.

Kim
 
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