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    hi..

    It loos like a parasite or leech stuck on my goldfish tail.
    i want to get that removed as soon as possible.i got my fish from a local fish store along with two other gold fish.
    The other two goldfish looks fine.
    i dont have an heater in my tank. my tank has a strong filter and air pump.
    Please help.
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    Not sure if that's a parasite or some type of fungus
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    Freshwater fish leeches tend to be more elongated and do not stay in the same spot for long.

    If it has a distinct, round shape and you are able to observe eye spots and possibly other body structures, it may be an Argulus fish louse. If it just looks like an Indistinct lump or if it is fuzzy, it may be a bacterial, fungal or viral infection caused by pathogens entering a minor injury.

    If it is a fish louse you'll need an external antiparasitic medication that kills crustaceans. The selection will vary depending on where you are on this planet. Apparently fish lice also lay eggs on hard surfaces in the tank so you may need to remove, dry and otherwise disinfect all decorations if it does turn out to be a louse.

    If you determine it to be an infection, it fortunately looks like a minor one. Keeping the water clean (what is your tank size? Is it new? Have you cycled it? Do you know your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings?) should be a sufficient starting point.

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    Some medications to try if you have it available

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    i think it is a fish louse. last night i safely removed from my fish.
    Now the fish loos good and healthy. my tank size is 50 litres. its a 1 month old tank with one cycle completed.
    i was wondering if there is any reason why this louse developed in my tank and want to avoid this happening in future.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

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