What Is This White Thread Sticking At The Molly's Eyes?

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Guys help!!! I just bought two black mollies with 5 of their offsprings yesterday and I just noticed now there's a white thread sticking at one of the molly's eyes. Help what is this? Is it a parasite? The fish seems to be fine and active and it is eatinf well. What should I do?
 

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That’s an anchor worm. Catch your molly and gently pull it off with tweezers. Hopefully it is the only one.
 
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Wow, thank you for the fast reply Demeter
Will it be ok? The worm is attached quite near at the eye? If I pull it out, will it damage the eye?
 

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You can remove or treat but you should act fast.
Since your fish is a molly salt is a known treatment .Use in a bath and do not add back the water from bath to tank .
That is if you don't just tweeze it off.
 

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Tweezing it off won’t hurt the fish too much. My mom’s betta somehow ended up with 5 anchor worms and I plucked them all off. He bleed a tiny bit in a couple areas but once they were gone he didn’t get any more.

If you start seeing more on other fish in the next few weeks you will want to use a med, but if it’s just one I say pluck it off.
 
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HI guys. I already plucked the anchor worms already. Apparently there are actually two, one near the eye one near the pectoral fin. And I put some aquarium salt. Anyway thanks guys I hope I was actually able to completely pluck those off
 

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Just keep your eye out for other anchor worms and maybe do a few extra water changes in the next couple of days to prevent infection of the wounds left over.
 
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Ok thank you so much with the advices
 

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