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Growth/Parasite Dwarf Gourami? Help!

Tonight while changing my 29 gallon's water, I noticed something odd about my gourami. I have attached pictures that were difficult to get and not of the best quality, so I'll explain it as well.

It almost looks like a hole in his head, yet there is something in the center of it, about as long as his thin feeler like things (not sure of their technical name) and about as long too. It's brownish tan. There are no scales there, but the skin is brown, not red or irritated. The spot is about as big as his eye and you can see the positioning by the pictures.

The only other weird thing in the tank is that my mickey mouse platy is wobbly and has clamped fins and I have a ghost catfish missing. I don't know if this is related or not. I just tested the water yesterday and everything was fine. PH of about 7.6 which is what it has consistantly been at. I have had these fish for months. None of the other inhabitants are showing any signs of disease or stress. Help me please? I'm hoping its nothing that will effect the rest of the tank. -.-

I just added new live plants as well...not sure if that bit is related.

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What are the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate levels.

Maybe physical damage that is now infected.

I can't really think of anything that fits what you said and I can't tell anything from the pic. I would need a better one to say anything more really.

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Ammonia - 0
Nitrate - 0
don't have a tester for nitrites.

Weird thing is that I don't remember ever seeing an injury or anything like that until today. I don't even know where he would have injured himself, or on what. Tomorrow I will try and get different/better pictures.
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Maybe I can describe it better...it's a thin, brownish, hardish string like thing. It isn't wiggly, it doesn't move much when he swims or anything. And like I said, nothing is red or inflamed, it's brownish/tanish. This thing is about 3/4 of an inch long or so and where it goes into the skin is at the center of the circular patch that looks as though it has no scales.

No picture of any disease I am finding looks like it.
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Closest thing I can think of is anchor worm but several things don't match with what you said.

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Hole in head disease? Ive heard gouramis can get this. Also known as head an lateral line erosion.
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