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tycoonred
03-13-2009, 12:58 PM
We just got back from our six week vacation. A friend of ours babysat our home so someone was home to feed our bettas. We have an automatic feeder for our 3 comets (fed 2x daily). Another friend who is an aquatic hobbyist came to our house once weekly to do the water changes, and filter changes. When we got back, I was very pleased because our fishes were looking good and healthy. We have been home for a week, and yesterday, I noticed a red pimple- like sore along the side of the dorsal fin on one of my comets. In the middle of the sore, a white mucus protrusion was seen. I started using melafix to treat the sore... Today, I noticed a stringy mucus-like material sticking out from the sore. From what I have researched, this could be an anchor worm. I am not sure. In one of my researches, it was said to pull out the anchor worm with a tweezer. Is this necessary? Or melafix treatment will take care of the problem..Treat the sore, kill the anchor worm, and disinfect the aquarium. Please help.

Northernguy
03-13-2009, 01:07 PM
Welcome to the AC!
I'm not sure what your fish has but here is some reading for you.
Does this sound like it?http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease/anchorworm.php

Lady Hobbs
03-13-2009, 01:17 PM
Melafix isn't gonna get it. You need a parasite killer. They can be pulled off with tweezers (sometimes) unless the head of the worm is in too far. If so, the head could break off inside the fish. Could this just be a boil like sore or abcess that is is ouzzing puss?

Lady Hobbs
03-13-2009, 01:21 PM
http://www.zamzows.com/Documents%20and%20Settings/41/Site%20Documents/Ponds/anchor%20worm.jpg


Anchor worm picture

tycoonred
03-13-2009, 01:31 PM
Welcome to the AC!
I'm not sure what your fish has but here is some reading for you.
Does this sound like it?http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease/anchorworm.php

I am not sure either. From the article I read about anchor worms in the acquatic community, it said something about green threads hanging out, and the fish scratching...and in my case, none of this fits the description. Thank you.

tycoonred
03-13-2009, 01:33 PM
http://www.zamzows.com/Documents%20and%20Settings/41/Site%20Documents/Ponds/anchor%20worm.jpg


Anchor worm picture

It does look like this in a way..but the thing hanging out from the sore of my comet is not not green, it looks like a mucus shred.

tycoonred
03-13-2009, 01:40 PM
Melafix isn't gonna get it. You need a parasite killer. They can be pulled off with tweezers (sometimes) unless the head of the worm is in too far. If so, the head could break off inside the fish. Could this just be a boil like sore or abcess that is is ouzzing puss?


Ohhhh :-( , I wish I could be more positive. Since it is not a green threads hanging out as described in the anchor worm article, it could be an abscess. What should be used? Is their anything you could recommend to resolve both either the anchor worms and the abscess?