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A few days ago I noticed a pimple like a mass on my deepwater hap body. What is it and what can I do to treat it? Should I separate him? Any tips can help! The picture isn't the best quality due to my phone but as you can see there is a cyst/pimple like mass near his tail.
 

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Much better picture and thanks for the clarification on where it is.

Is this a new fish or have you added any new fish within the last couple months?

Do you have a cycled hospital tank available to isolate him?

I wonder if it is possibly a parasite that is exiting the body but without a closer examination, I'd be loathe to recommend meds at this time.
 

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No new fish, this tank was well establish for at least a month before I put fish in. Got them all at the same time from the same store, no new fish since I got them about 2/3 weeks. I have a 5.5g that I can set up fast since he is a small boy right now only around 1-2inches. I really hope he will be okay. No meds I can give him?
 

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I don't suggest using meds at this time without identifying what the problem actually is.

While not an ideal size, the 5.5G tank should work. You can use the water from the main tank OR fresh water that has been dechlorinated. You can use This article to set the tank up and treat using salt. Just follow the instructions exactly including the right dose/type of salt and some form of aeration or water movement in the tank. The only issue may be with being able to fit a proper size heater in the smaller tank.

Before treating the tank, see if you can get a close up picture of the spot on the fish or just do a visual inspection of the spot to see if you can see anything sticking out of the area that may look worm like or have tentacles. A magnifying glass may help to view the area if you have one. Just keep the fish wet or use a wet hand to handle it. You can also use a net or your hand to gently pin the fish against the tank glass to take a better pic or aid in viewing the area.
 

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I took pictures but they aren't any better. I looked for worms but I don't see anything. It looks like a cyst or a pimple that is going to pop. It has small red dots almost like blood and a white area as well. No other fish has anything like this.
 

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I took pictures but they aren't any better. I looked for worms but I don't see anything. It looks like a cyst or a pimple that is going to pop. It has small red dots almost like blood and a white area as well. No other fish has anything like this.
Some worms stay in the fish feeding until they get mature then they pop out like a nightmare and start breeding in the water and spewing their spawn all through everything. I think it's anchor worms that do this, but I don't remember for sure. This tends to happen way after the fish got infected and it's horrible. Happened to me a couple times when I had goldfish in the tank that had come from who knows where.

Sometimes they get cystlike growths too that are either cancerous or benign but usually they grow really slowly.
 
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