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I just got back from vacation and noticed small white parasites that
look like worms with black dot heads in my tank. I have a 55 gallon
tank with one large and one medium oscar. The worms or whatever they
are called are everywhere. What do I need to do other than a complete
tank cleaning to help with this problem?
- Please clarify for us if the "worms" are in the gravel
or are they attached to your oscar? It makes a big difference in terms
of treatment. Is it possible that your fish were overfed while you
were on vacation? What do your water parameters look like?
- Anchor Worm-Threadlike worm hanging from fish. Base of worm may
be red. Cause A parasitic crustacean. Use Parasite medication. Use
heavy aeration, as dead parasites may cause water to become cloudy.
Black Spot- Small black specks on skin.Cause Small fish worms. Use
Parasite medication. Use heavy aeration, as dead parasites may cause
water to become cloudy.
I found both on the web and since both suggest parasite meds I think
you should probably treat your tank.
- well barb good point..I never thought of maybe a live food gnat
larva thing going on....I was thinking it was on the fish itself...
- oh..oh...sounds like anchor worm(lernea)....be sure to check this
site for info...but this is a hard one.. you can remove the fish and
treat with potassium permangnate(dab on) or anti-parsitic meds such
as Paragon,fluke tabs,clout Paragon or trifon....