What's This Near Guppy’s Tail?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Allinone, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. AllinoneValued MemberMember

    I got a new male guppy. And I noticed something near it tail. Do anyone know what this is...?? If it is a disease please give a remedy.... 20180412_203439.jpg
  2. GlamCrabWell Known MemberMember

    Can we see other angles of the guppy and what you found? Its hard to tell what it is from that picture
  3. edevingoValued MemberMember

    Looks like a female anchor worm. 5d307f651ebc2474673ee0262705f216.jpg
  4. AllinoneValued MemberMember

    Is it harmful to the fish? How can I get rid of it?
  5. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Anchor worms are quite rare really. So first, physically remove the gross worm with a tweezers, second: QUARANTINE. Then, get some anti-parasite medication ASAP, because if it's a FEMALE anchor worm, they can lay eggs and spread very rapidly, therefore causing even more bad issues. Within the quarantine tank AND the tank where the guppy was extracted from, if you suspect any further infestation, use a Potassium permaganate solution, and a bit of AQUARIUM salt as well. Disco-Worm also works very effectively, and then get Para-Guard as well. A LOT of guppies via transit and transmission, are unfortunately very susceptible to all kinds of parasites, ailments etc.
  6. AllinoneValued MemberMember

    Thanks for all your replies.
  7. AllinoneValued MemberMember

    I removed the anchor worm and dipped him in salt water for half an hour. I would like to put him with others. How many days should I quarantine him before putting him with others?
  8. edevingoValued MemberMember

    I've had anchor worm in my tank and have done in my opinion way to much research on them lol They are free swimming, meaning treatment for the entire tank is recommended, plus a treatment for any secondary infections caused by the wound. There are so many life stages anchor worm go through, I'd personally put him back and treat the entire tank.
    Have you taken any pictures of the other fish? The female is easier to see, I found a few not attached to any of my fish but also in my canisters. The smaller ones, in my opinion and experience are much harder to see unless zoomed in on. I took a few pictures of my fish and zoomed in and found almost all my fish did in fact have those pests on them.
    I personally used clout and had no problems. Dimilin X another good treatment that also kills all the stages but if you have any snails ect in your tank, they would have to be removed cause it will kill them also.

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