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lorindaleigh1 12-28-2008 03:25 PM

Plecostomus with a worm? HELP!
I just purchased an "established" tank yesterday. I noticed this morning that the plecosomus had a white thing on his belly. It looks like it goes into his body. I can't find pictures online of another pleco with this so I can't figure out what it is. I am not able to take pictures either. I don't have any parasite meds. I only have marcyn 2 from my bettas. What is wrong with him and what can I do? I did order some meds yesterday.

lorindaleigh1 12-28-2008 08:47 PM

Anyone? He is swimming around the tank. Don't plecos normally stay in one spot?

Twistersmom 12-28-2008 11:44 PM

Dont know what the white thing could be. If it makes you feel any better, my plecos are always swimming around the tank. They move around quit a bit.

Lupin 12-29-2008 05:50 AM

Is the fish still eating fine? Is it thin? For internal parasites, metronidazole and praziquantel are often recommended. Flubendazole should cover a wider range of parasites.

lorindaleigh1 01-07-2009 11:22 AM

yea, I feel like an idoit. It was his "anus" lol. Sorry not sure if you would call it an anus. Poor little guy was constipated. I figured it out when he finally went to the bathroom. He had the "little white worm" (lol) hanging there for 3 days. I've that Ive had him for a couple of weeks, I've gotten to know his personality. He will be really active for a couple of days. Swimming around a lot. Then he hids for a couple of days.

Twistersmom 01-07-2009 03:05 PM

Glad to hear it was nothing bad!!! He will start pooping like crazy now! Mine leave some strands over a foot long at times.

lorindaleigh1 01-07-2009 03:41 PM

Oh he is! I remove it daily. It gets tangled up in the plants, wrapped around the bottom of the filter (the tube). It's every where's! lol. I don't mind though. I really like the little guy (or girl).

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