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    Two months ago one of my black skirt tetras got a bulge on her side that eventually opened into an exposed wound. I moved her to a hospital tank, treated her with melafix and fresh water, and the wound healed up nicely. A few days after moving her back into the community tank, I noticed some black spots on her. I didn't think much about black spots on a black skirt tetra (thought perhaps they were stress markings), but now I'm noticing they're not just spots - they're raised growths. Most notably, the base of the pectoral fins is black, raised, and gnarled looking - like where a branch meets a tree trunk. The mouth is also black.



    Any idea what this is and how to treat it?
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    Maybe, but...
    This parasite has a complex life cycle that requires fish eating birds or mammals, snails, and fish at different stages in order to survive.
    How would something like that get into an indoor tank? And wouldn't the parasite go away on its own, since there's no predation going on to keep the life cycle going?
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    Tbh im not sure at all. It looks like it fits the bill. Sounds like it can be started by snails? Did u add any? That looks like your super community tank if im mistaken. But the better lead seems to be that it looks like it could be some other parasite feeding off the fish. Of its not black spot then it coukd be something realated to it. Sounds like it needs birds to complete the cycle not start it. Most sites say keep the water quality up and ot will clear on its own. If not maybe treating the tetras with an anti parasitic for externals....
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    I take my last statement back about treatment

    I found a site but my phone wont let me paste it atm. Sounds like this black spot stuff.will clear up and treatment is doing not much new. Clean water good food ect. Sounds like a few months for it to clear up.

    But again the question remains how did this get into your tank of it even is this....

    Ill post the link i found asap when i can
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    Interesting... no, I haven't introduced any snails or anything new in the tank for quite some time. I could certainly see how the fish could have been vulnerable to infection while recovering from the other wound. Well, without any better guesses we'll assume this is it and treat it, as suggested, by... not doing anything different. Thanks for doing the research!
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    Not a problem. I hope your fish make it threw ok. Gl. Maybe qting him will stop any possible spread of infection
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    Can't be absolutely certain here, but SOME fish can develope black scarring after they have been damaged by a parasite, fight or accident. Just like you and I, when we cut ourselves, we can develope raised, dark or pale coloured scars. As for the black mouth, from memory, quite a few of my Black Skirts had black mouths.
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