What is this white spot/nodule on my green clown goby?

Deisler

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 14, 2021
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
UK
Hi All,

I have had this green clown goby for 3 days. He was a bit stressed in the first 2 days, but seems to have settled down on a candy cane branch now. He refused to eat in the first two days, but ate some spot-fed live copepods this morning (day 3), so I thought he is going to be happy.

However, this morning I also found a white nodule between his eyes on the 'nose'. It definitely was not there yesterday. It protrudes from the skin and is the only nodule I can find on his body. His fin and body parts look spot-free and fine.

I am a bit worried about this, as it could be ich as I read from many websites. However, it also looks similar to 'Lymphocyctis virus'. I have never dealt with fish disease before, so have no idea how to tell them apart.

Can anyone tell what this is, and what I should do, please? I don't have a QT tank, but I have two clown fishes in the tank for almost two years so I don't want to spread the disease if it is ich...

Tank is 60L with a HOB, established for almost 2 years, with just two clown fish and some CUC. Clown fish shows zero interest in the goby.

I am very concerned about him and the potential disease. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Regards
D

IMG_20210614_093238.jpg IMG_20210614_095226.jpg
 
Last edited:
Champion Lighting & Supply

Jay Hemdal

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 31, 2020
Messages
7,329
Reaction score
6,779
Location
Dundee
Welcome to Reef2Reef!

That looks too large to be ich and in the wrong location and too smooth to be lymphocystis. It could be a xenoma from a microsporidian infection. There is no treatment for that, just supportive care through could feeding and water quality. It may also be an inconsequential nodule from mucus or a minor injury. In any event, just watch for the development of new nodules.
Jay
 
OP
D

Deisler

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 14, 2021
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
UK
Hi Jay,

@Jay Hemdal

Thank you for your reply. Sorry for my late reply.

I have been watching it for the last few days. There have been, in total, 2 spots, one on the 'nose' area and another one on its side. Both initially had a white solid core, surrounded by clear stuff. Both seem to take a regular shape, one spherical (on the nose) and one a bit elongated.

It seems to accept more and more food everyday. It has eaten live copopds, frozen brine and 'marine mix'. Although sometimes (when the light is on) he still swims around the tank, he spent most time on the candy cane branch.

Today I checked those two spots. The white core has disappeared, leaving the entire bump transparent. The size of the nodule has not reduced though. Apart from those two, no new nodules can be seen in the last four days.

I guess now I can safely say it is definitely not ich or lymphocystis?

If this is not ich or lymphocystis, the only thing I did (rather stupidly) was that, when I fed him with live copepods, I did not warm the copepods water. So I fed him with 4 degree C water on the first day, then the nodules appeared on the next day. I only did that once, so it could be the 'tissue damage' due to cold water spot-fed to him?

Cheers,
D
 

Jay Hemdal

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 31, 2020
Messages
7,329
Reaction score
6,779
Location
Dundee
Hi Jay,

@Jay Hemdal

Thank you for your reply. Sorry for my late reply.

I have been watching it for the last few days. There have been, in total, 2 spots, one on the 'nose' area and another one on its side. Both initially had a white solid core, surrounded by clear stuff. Both seem to take a regular shape, one spherical (on the nose) and one a bit elongated.

It seems to accept more and more food everyday. It has eaten live copopds, frozen brine and 'marine mix'. Although sometimes (when the light is on) he still swims around the tank, he spent most time on the candy cane branch.

Today I checked those two spots. The white core has disappeared, leaving the entire bump transparent. The size of the nodule has not reduced though. Apart from those two, no new nodules can be seen in the last four days.

I guess now I can safely say it is definitely not ich or lymphocystis?

If this is not ich or lymphocystis, the only thing I did (rather stupidly) was that, when I fed him with live copepods, I did not warm the copepods water. So I fed him with 4 degree C water on the first day, then the nodules appeared on the next day. I only did that once, so it could be the 'tissue damage' due to cold water spot-fed to him?

Cheers,
D
I would say that confirms it is not ich or Lymphocystis. I do not think that cold water would have cause this.

Jay
 

Have you ever had a reef tank with no sump and how did it go?

  • YES and it was just fine

    Votes: 354 58.7%
  • YES but it was difficult

    Votes: 104 17.2%
  • NO

    Votes: 134 22.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 11 1.8%
Top