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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2015, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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need help identifying issue with male guppy

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i bought a male guppy yesterday and it was in great shape. today i noticed a weird red spot and string on the tail, must have happened in my tank, i have platys, neons and other guppies, no known fin nippers, but this guppy does have the biggest tail in the tank.

am i dealing with a case of fin nipping or disease?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 12:08 AM
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My first thought is parasite, not injury. But I don't know what kind it would be.

Bump: Maybe an anchor worm?
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Looks like an anchor worm. An infestation of those is completely nasty. Personally, I'd nuke the entire tank in case of eggs. You'll need something like diflubenzuron/Dimilin (Tetra Parasite Guard or Madel Clout <-- both of these are shrimp/invert unfriendly, safe for fish and plants). If you don't see any more pop up after 1 month after treatment, you're safe.
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update

a few hours later the stringy looking thing has almost disappeared, but the red spot is still there.

i added 1/4 tsp of salt (in a 40 g tank) i know its way too little to have any effect, but i wanna start slow, I will add more tomorrow if things don't improve.
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update 2

appears to be a case of fin nipping. most likely suspect: neon tetras.
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I really hope your problem is gone, but fin nipping would not cause a red spot.
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i think the red spot may have been a blood clot or something like that. it disappeared about 6 hours later.

is it possible the parasite got nipped?
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i think the red spot may have been a blood clot or something like that. it disappeared about 6 hours later.

is it possible the parasite got nipped?
That seems very possible. Keep a close eye out for more though. I've never had them, but anchor worms seem pretty nasty in pictures. Not sure if they will survive being eaten or not. Hopefully, someone with experience with them will have an answer for you.

I'm fairly experienced with fish, but new to planted tanks.
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