Fish Has Hole In Him. Parasite Or Something Else?

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

  1. Brandon2882New MemberMember

    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. 2211NighthawkFishlore VIPMember


    It looks more like a rupture then bite. I'd say parasite but don't quote me.
  3. Brandon2882New MemberMember

    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. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

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

    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.
  6. Brandon2882New MemberMember

    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. 2211NighthawkFishlore VIPMember

    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.
  8. Brandon2882New MemberMember

    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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