Fish Has Hole In Him. Parasite Or Something Else?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Brandon2882, Apr 18, 2017.

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    Brandon2882 New Member Member

    I have a 60 gallon african cichlid tank and just bought this fish from a LFS not even a week ago. All my cichlids are still only juveniles so I don't believe it's a bite. Any suggestions on what this might be? Looked like a parasite coming out of him but when I removed him from the tank it was gone. Maybe I was just seeing things. Resized_20170418_203356.jpeg
     
  2. 2211Nighthawk

    2211Nighthawk Fishlore VIP Member

    Alien...?

    It looks more like a rupture then bite. I'd say parasite but don't quote me.
     
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    Brandon2882 New Member Member

    That's what I thought. Looks like a parasite hole. But when I pulled him out there wasn't anything inside him. But when he was in the tank I could have sworn I could see something moving inside him. He's still alive and swimming okay. But concerns me about my other fish.
     
  4. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

    I think parasite as well.
    You could try this. I have had to do it.
     
  5. 2211Nighthawk

    2211Nighthawk Fishlore VIP Member

    I'd be paranoid about the other fish. If it made that big of a hole, even just chewing it's way out, there's a more then likely chance your other fish are infected.
     
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    Brandon2882 New Member Member

    Would you recommend anything to help kill off any parasites in the tank? Naturally if possible. Don't want to use medicine unless I have to.
     
  7. 2211Nighthawk

    2211Nighthawk Fishlore VIP Member

    Not parisite unfortunately. I've never had to deal with them. Only parisite I had to deal with was anchor worm and that was a few years ago in my pond. I'd say try KimberlyG idea.
     
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    Brandon2882 New Member Member

    I think I will I didn't see that post at first. Thanks for the advice. Hoping for as much input as possible.
     




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