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Discussion in 'Tropical Fish Emergencies' started by Gman324090, Jan 4, 2015.

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    Gman324090 New Member

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    I have a 30 gallon tank with a Blue Lyretail Killing, and Golden Viel Angel, and a couple hatchets and guppies. I just recently treated my tank for ich when I noticed white dots on my angels fins and white dots on my killis head. The killi would glance off of everything in the tank while I was treating. Then one morning, as I was feeding I noticed something poking out of my killis gills. Well on further observation I realized it was something green protruding out of the skin between his eye and his gills. Now he won't stop glancing and seems to be very stressed. So my question is how should I go about helping him? Do I try pulling it out? Should I take him to my local pet store? Please and thank you.
     
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    First off, [​IMG] to TFF i really i hope we can help you.
    Seconds, could you try to get a photo of the fish? If its protruding from its skin it may be a parasite, such as anchor worm, is it stringy like a worm with a pronged head?
     
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    Thank you very much, after carefully watching him and looking at pictures online I believe it is anchor worm. It's got two tails on it. What would be my best course of action? I've had this tank and him for almost a year now. I don't wanna end up losing him. Best kind of medication?
     
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    I would put him in another tank immediately if you can. I am not sure how they spread, I have never had them nor know what to do. But I would at least get him out.
     
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    Ive used prazipro on my ropefish, they werent anchorworm but just common 'bichir' worms, that usually come from wild caught specimens, but it worked great with him and i didnt have to isolate to treat because its not a strong medicine, but your in the UK so im not sure what they have over there. :/
     
    Also dimilin ive heard does very well, its commonly used in ponds and is very strong so itd be better to dose this in isolation.
     
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    The links I posted offer suggestions. It is not a great idea to manually remove the worms, but it can be done as noted in Badman's info. This is from the University of Florida
     
    from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa185
     
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    I used to get these in my outdoor pond. Pulling them off left a wound. My favourite method was to cut them in half with scissors, as near the head end, ie the end that was attached to the fish, as I could. This would kill the worm and cause less damage to the fish than pulling it off.
     

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