Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern California
parasite in the gills!
A recently noticed one of the gills on one of my black phanton tetras was protruding a little. Now I can clearly see something in there, and I think its a parasite. Gross. pale, fleshy color, maybe 1 mm in size (can't tell how much is in the gill though). Can't really even tell the shape of this thing.
I initially assumed it was gill flukes, but from what I have read it doesn't seem to fit. No flashing, no rubbing on hardscape. Also, gill flukes apparently cause clamped gills, which is the opposite.
The fish doesn't school as readily as the others of his kind (i think its a male), but he still comes out for food and eats well. There is one other black phantom tetra with a similar issue, with slightly different presentation: both gills are protruding and look a little red inside. That one's behavior is fine, though. Not sure this is an issue at all.
Does anyone know what this is, and how to cure it? Any help is appreciated. I have searched but haven't found a definitive answer yet.