Bulging Shebunken


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Can any one help with what could be wrong with my bulging shebunken? We have already tried to apply internal wound medicine to the tank to help, and there has not been any improvement, so we are not sure what else it might be. We do not have a fish vet nearby so was hoping to see if anyone could help. Please see the photos. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks so much!
 

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Do you have any pictures looking down on the fish from the top?

Is the swelling the same on both sides of its body (IOW, is it symmetrical or lopsided)? Are the scales standing out, like a pine cone? How is the fish acting? Any other symptoms?
 
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Pictures from above will help. I can't tell if it is really bulging.
My first impression is ammonia. That might not be correct but just looking at the fish, it leads me to water quality issues with ammonia at the top. Crystal clear water does not equate to quality water. @WaterGardener asked a very critical question (above) and, have you treated the fish with any other remedies?
Have you tested your water?
Is this fish temporarily in an aquarium or does it live in a pond? If an aquarium, how large and are there other fish?
It looks like you have an internal filter. I could be wrong but is it one of these?

 
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Do you have any pictures looking down on the fish from the top?

Is the swelling the same on both sides of its body (IOW, is it symmetrical or lopsided)? Are the scales standing out, like a pine cone? How is the fish acting? Any other symptoms?
Hi there,

Thanks for your advice.

It’s only bumping on one side. Please see pictures attached. The fish is not doing much and doesn’t eat too much. It’s scales are not like a pine cone and No other symptoms. Thanks again!
 

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What is internal wound medicine?

That almost looks like an abscess that is about to burst through the skin?
It’s actually internal bacteria medicine as suggested by the pet shop. Please see pic. It kind of looks like what you are suggesting, if so is there any better treatment? Thanks again.
 

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Pictures from above will help. I can't tell if it is really bulging.
My first impression is ammonia. That might not be correct but just looking at the fish, it leads me to water quality issues with ammonia at the top. Crystal clear water does not equate to quality water. @WaterGardener asked a very critical question (above) and, have you treated the fish with any other remedies?
Have you tested your water?
Is this fish temporarily in an aquarium or does it live in a pond? If an aquarium, how large and are there other fish?
It looks like you have an internal filter. I could be wrong but is it one of these?


Hi there,

Thanks for your advice.

Please see attached pictures from the top. The only remedy I have used is the one in the pictures. The fish are always in the aquarium. They were previously in a pond outside last year, but they were moved in doors due to the Neighbours complaining about the pond. The tank is about 180lites. There are 5 fish in the tank. This is the biggest tank we can fit and and we don’t want to give them to a new home, as they are a family member already, as we had them since tiny. The pet shop they will only grow to the size of the aquarium, so they should be fine. I have not tested the ammonia, maybe it’s something to look into.
Many Thanks
 

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That looks like a tumor or an abscess. How big is your tank and how many fish do you have? I, too, suspect water quality issues.
 
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The pet shop they will only grow to the size of the aquarium, so they should be fine.

The pet shop lied. If you lived in a smaller house, would you stay small? Fish grow like every other animal - to the size they are genetically programmed to grow. Now yes, if you put them in an environment where they conditions are poor, they may be undersized due to malnutrition or poor water quality. Or they may just die before they reach their full size.

Sorry - but that's a myth that needs to stop being spread. I hope your fish will be fine in your tank. But honestly a 50 gallon tank isn't big enough for five fish that can grow to 8 or 10 inches long. If they are truly "family" as you say, then I'm sure you'll do the best to give them the environment they need.
 
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