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I have a yellow lab who I noticed has a large lump near the anal fin. It's strange and caught my eye because he/she's never had it before. Not of my other cichlids have this lump, and the yellow lab is very active and eating as normal. The substrate is sand, so it isn't apiece of gravel that was ingested... Any ideas? Also, any idea, based on these pictures on it's sex?

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/ ... DC0038.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f334/ ... DC0040.jpg

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Difficult to sex without venting, if I had to guess I'd say male based on the dark pelvic fins, but that's by no means an accurate method of determining sex.
Keep an eye out for loss of appetite, spitting food, increased swelling of the abdomen, an increased respiratory rate, reclusiveness, white streaky feces, and sitting on the bottom of the tank or lingering at the surface. The picture looks very much like bloat but if he's still eating and pooping normally it could be something else. Spend some time watching for him to poop and watch for spitting out food.
What are you feeding?
 

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I feed them Spectrum large fish formula, and frozen food (multi-variety) as a treat.

Thanks so much! I'll definitely keep an eye on his behavior.
 

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Keep away from the high protein frozen foods like blood worm.
The only frozen I feed is brine shrimp maybe once every two weeks or so.
 
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