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Hello all,

A few days ago I noticed a white sore/wound area on my black moor, it was located low near the anal fins and I thought it might be a possible injury. Around this same time frame I noticed some occasional flashing and immediately thought it could be flukes so I ordered some Prazipro and started treatment as soon as it got here today. I did a 50% w/c added the med and 10 tsp of salt to my 40 gallon, I plan to add more salt tomorrow. Tonight I noticed 2 more wound areas, took a closer look and saw thread like material coming out of the wound. I was able to pull it out whole and I think it's an anchor worm. I don't know if I should abandon the Prazipro and treat for anchor worm or do both at the same time.

Test results with API liquid drops:

Ammonia-0

Nitrite-0

Nitrate-10

This tank has been set up since January and the only recent changes are that I lowered the temp from 73 to 70 degrees. Let me know if you need any other info.

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http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/116133-help-request-check-list/

 

 

Please completely fill out this form and paste it into this thread. Also, please provide clear photos and/or video of the effected fish. Both are important and necessary for the moderators to be able to help treat your fish. :)

 

:heart Lots of luck and healing vibes your way!

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We need a good, close picture of the thing you pulled off as well as the fish wounds.  That will make this an easy diagnosis if it is indeed anchor worm.  The Prazi won't hurt anything, so just keep it in there for now.  

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  • Test Results for the Following:

    • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0

    • * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0

  • * Nitrate level(Tank) 10

* Ammonia Level(Tap) 0

* Nitrite Level(Tap) 0

* Nitrate level(Tap) 0

* Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8

* Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.6

Other Required Info:

  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops

  • * Water temperature? 70 degress

* Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallon tub, 5 months

* What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 206

* How often do you change the water and how much? 50% every 5 days

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 50%

  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 2-3 inches. I plan to upgrade to 100 gallon in next 6 months

* What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

* What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS small goldfish pellets 2x per day, Repashy super green 3 x per week, frozen blood worms, peas 1x per week

* Any new fish added to the tank? last month 1 1/2" oranda

* Any medications added to the tank? Prazipro, aquarium salt

* List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Treated for ick-Kordons rid-ich 3 months ago for 7 days. Prazipro and salt 10 tsp. added yesterday

* Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? white wound on black moor with thread/worm in

* Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Occasional flicking a few days ago, otherwise eating, swimming and searching for food.

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I could not get a good picture of the fish. The areas where I removed the "worm" are still white but look ok and I don't see any new problems. All the fish look good and ate well as usual. I plan to add more aquarium salt up to 1/2 teaspoon per gallon as my anacharis does not tolerate salt at all. I removed the nerite snails to a five gallon bucket because of the salt and prazi. They didn't touch the algae pellets I put in for them. Thanks for you help.

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I see the spot.  I can't really say what the cause is without seeing the worm you removed.  If it was an anchor worm, you are likely to see more of them once the eggs hatch and the larvae attach and grow.  If this happens, remove the worm and take a picture of it so we can determine what it is.  Diflubenzuron is the drug of choice for anchor worms.  

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Ok, I was examining the fish today and found another worm on a different fish. I managed to pull it out entirely and snapped a photo. The tail is forked. I tried to move it for a better photo, but it just stretched out..

http://s1065.photobucket.com/user/zpaulaanne/media/image.jpg1_zpspav46irp.jpg.html

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Ok, I was examining the fish today and found another worm on a different fish. I managed to pull it out entirely and snapped a photo. The tail is forked. I tried to move it for a better photo, but it just stretched out..

http://s1065.photobucket.com/user/zpaulaanne/media/image.jpg1_zpspav46irp.jpg.html

Yep, that's an Anchor Worm.  You can try either Tetra Parasite Guard (which also treats Flukes) or Dimilin specifically for the Anchor Worms:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimilin-X-Koi-Goldfish-Treatment-Anchor-Worm-Fish-Lice-Flukes-diflubenzuron-/321073332408?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac17640b8

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Ok thanks Jared. Can I use Dimilin and Prazipro pro together? I went to petsmart and could not find anything for anchor worm. I might go to my LFS on Monday and see what they have.

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Ok thanks Jared. Can I use Dimilin and Prazipro pro together? I went to petsmart and could not find anything for anchor worm. I might go to my LFS on Monday and see what they have.

Yes, Dimilin is very mild and can be used with Prazi :)

 

The only thing you'll probably find at the LFS that will get rid of Anchor Worms is Tetra Parasite Guard.

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Ick! Good luck treating your Moor, that's a nasty little bugger. He looks strong and healthy in the picture, which bodes very well for treatment :)

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I just recently bought a goldfish that had several anchor worms so I bought a bottle of Dimilin on Ebay. I did a few of rounds of Dimilin and It worked like a charm! :thumb:

 

Good Luck in getting rid of the anchor worms! I sure hate those parasites! :thumbdown

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I also ordered the Dimilin off eBay, it should be here tomorrow. I am wondering if I should just finish up the prazi first then worry about the anchor worms? I am on day 3 of round 2 and want to do 3 rounds.

Ick! Good luck treating your Moor, that's a nasty little bugger. He looks strong and healthy in the picture, which bodes very well for treatment :)

Thank you Arctic Mama, so far the fish are responding well to the Prazi.
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I also ordered the Dimilin off eBay, it should be here tomorrow. I am wondering if I should just finish up the prazi first then worry about the anchor worms? I am on day 3 of round 2 and want to do 3 rounds.

 

Ick! Good luck treating your Moor, that's a nasty little bugger. He looks strong and healthy in the picture, which bodes very well for treatment :)

Thank you Arctic Mama, so far the fish are responding well to the Prazi.

 

You can use Prazi and Dimilin together :)

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Thank you for your help Jared, I really appreciate it????. I was Looking at the Dimilin X dosage online and it calls for 1tsp for 500 gallons, so if my math is correct I should add 1/8 tsp for 40 gallons? Maybe between 1/16 and 1/8?

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Thank you for your help Jared, I really appreciate it. I was Looking at the Dimilin X dosage online and it calls for 1tsp for 500 gallons, so if my math is correct I should add 1/8 tsp for 40 gallons? Maybe between 1/16 and 1/8?

You are welcome.  1/8 Teaspoon will be fine.  Dimilin is very gentle and can be overdosed without worry :)

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Hello,

Here's an update on my fish:

My black moor wounds have headed up nicely, I haven't seen any flashing or signs of anchor worm. Today I added a dose of Dimilin to the tank and noticed something floating, like little worm bodies in the tank. They appear segmented with brownish heads and thread like tails. Are these anchor worm larvae I'm looking at? I "fished" about eight of them out and the thought of them grosses me out. I am on round three of prazi pro and not planning to add more. :)

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Hello,

Here's an update on my fish:

My black moor wounds have headed up nicely, I haven't seen any flashing or signs of anchor worm. Today I added a dose of Dimilin to the tank and noticed something floating, like little worm bodies in the tank. They appear segmented with brownish heads and thread like tails. Are these anchor worm larvae I'm looking at? I "fished" about eight of them out and the thought of them grosses me out. I am on round three of prazi pro and not planning to add more. :)

Glad your fish is better :)

 

Do these worms appear to be dead?

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Yes, dead and floating in the current. They were too small to photograph and my camera/phone couldn't focus.

Okay, as long as they are dead.  Does your Dimilin bottle say anything about redosing after a period of days?

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