Help with wired skin tag things

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My vieja has this pink skin tag looking things at the base of her fins. I have tried antibiotics and fungal treatments but no luck. Are they some kind of tumor? I have some picks and a small video of her.


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I believe the problem is viral; Lymphocystis. No cure, other than trying to up the fish's immune system with nutrition and a pristine environment. Usually not lethal, just ugly.
 

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Septicemia? Is it like an open sore and clumpy?
 

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I believe the problem is viral; Lymphocystis. No cure, other than trying to up the fish's immune system with nutrition and a pristine environment. Usually not lethal, just ugly.
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Looks like lymphocystis. Would keep the water clean and can try some sechem paragaurd.
 

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We used to surgically remove lymphocytes off of marine fish like tangs and angels
 

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If it is lymph, it is usually species (Genus?) specific, and can spread to other Vieja, but usually not other genera.
Stress will make it spread, anything from too high a temp, too high nitrates, or an alpha fish harassing the one with the virus can make it worse.
As said above, its a virus, so only a virus-cide is an effective in treatment.
You could try rubbing the infected areas with Acyclovir, but the stress of netting and being caught may be more of a negative than the efficacy of the treatment.
I had some Vieja present from the stress of shipping (it is ubiquitous, like the common cold in fish) and it went away quickly with daily water changes, and a stress free tank.
 
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