For a while now I've been trying to get rid of what I thought was Lymphocystis from a couple of my tanks. It started a while back when I bought a Rainbow Cichlid from a lfs. I noticed a couple of individual wart like growths on the fins of some of his tank mates but picked this particular one because it was clear of them. However, later on a couple of these 'warts' appeared on the fins of this Rainbow Cichlid. I didn't think too much of it. I assumed it was just some sort of general blemish until I noticed them appearing on other fish in the same tank. After doing a bit of research I concluded it was probably Lymphocystis.
In the mean time I had set up another tank to house some Herichthys Deppii I was getting. To get things going I had transferred some filter media and substrate over from the tank with the Rainbow Cichlid in. Well, after a while these warts started appearing on my Deppii as well.
Then we come to today when I received a number of fish from a Don Conkel order, all of which are fine except for one Carpintis which has a one of these same warts on its tail fin.
Now the thing that's making me wonder if it really is Lymphocystis is that on no fish have these warts clumped together to form cauliflower-like growths. They've always been individual, distinct warts with a clear/cloudy appearance. Some fish have just had single warts, others have had a few but still always separate from each other, not clumped together. They also seem to always occur on the 'veins' of the fins.
So what am I dealing with here? Is it Lymphocystis or something else. I was just surprised to notice one on the Carpintis I received today.