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Old 02-27-2013, 10:16 PM   #1
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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.

Thank you!
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:29 AM   #2
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I would look into various wormers that are sold for dogs and cats.
Some are active against external worms and related critters.
Maybe something like Fenbendazole.
There are also medications designed for fish. Look for medicines that kill external parasites like fish lice, anchor worm and others.

Other method is a salt dip. This can be very stressful on the fish, but can kill quite a wide range of external parasites.
Research the dose and duration, but the basic method:
Dissolve salt in some tank water in a small container (perhaps a quart or even a pint for such a small fish)
Catch the fish in a net, and keep him in the net. Dip the fish in the salt water still in the net.
When the fish rolls over, immediately return the fish to fresh water (the main tank, or perhaps a hospital tank).
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