Is This A Disease -pleco

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Oh my goodness
That is the farthest thing from a pleco! Haha!!

Who told you that was a catfish?!?! LOL
That's what is called a Siamese Algae Eater.
It's not very good at munching algae, just like plecos aren't but these guys can also be more aggressive, sometimes chasing smaller fish down for food.

His little wound looks almost like someone was nipping on him? Like he's been attacked? Does it buldge up from his skin? Or is it like a hole in his skin?
It could be some sort of tumor, maybe even cancer as fish aren't incapable of contracting such diseases. It could also be what is known as hole in the head disease.
He should probably be quarantined away from the other fish and maybe given Methylene blue to prevent any infection from any sort of wound he may have.

I'm going to guess your loaches are likely picking on him.
The species you have can be quite territoral and aggressive at times, and they will definitely nip at larger fish who get in their way.

What else is in this tank?
 
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Its a community tank as you say there are two loaches, another thing that im pretty sure is forsure a pleco and other siklets and other fish. As for the fish in question there is no hole in the head and nothing coming out but there is abit of a bulge or peeling i guess
 

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Actually looks more like a Chinese algae eater, but either way it isn't a pleco, they're part of the carp family, Chinese algae eaters get big and quite aggressive as adults.. First thing you should do is test your water, do a large water change. And by siklets do you mean cichlids? That could be part of your problem right there, depending on the species, they can be pretty territorial so maybe someone chased or attacked him, probably bumped his face off something trying to get away in a hurry... doing water changes daily or every couple days until it heals will help the fish recover faster. It may even just be stress, different fish display different markings and colors when stressed. Some bonus water changes are a either good idea either way.
 

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It's a stress coloration. Medicating is only going to add stress so don't do that. You say there is no other symptoms. Test your water parameters and Google a care sheet for Chinese algae eaters, then compare your results. If nothing's off there then it's likely he just doesn't feel comfortable with his tank mates or the setup in general.
 
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It's a stress coloration. Medicating is only going to add stress so don't do that. You say there is no other symptoms. Test your water parameters and Google a care sheet for Chinese algae eaters, then compare your results. If nothing's off there then it's likely he just doesn't feel comfortable with his tank mates or the setup in general.
Thank you
 
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