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rchiuz 09-12-2013 07:53 AM

Black Skirted Tetra Pregnant?
 
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A few weeks one of my Black Skirted Tetra's belly got really big. I thought she was either really full or bearing eggs. Now I see her with this long white clump coming out. Is this a clump of eggs?
http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/y...se99e58e1.jpeg

jaysee 09-12-2013 02:10 PM

Welcome to the forum

Looks like a worm or something - I would isolate the fish if possible for further observation.

TrevorGreenfield 09-13-2013 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by rchiuz (Post 2995922)
A few weeks one of my Black Skirted Tetra's belly got really big. I thought she was either really full or bearing eggs. Now I see her with this long white clump coming out. Is this a clump of eggs?
http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/y...se99e58e1.jpeg

These fish lay non-adhesive eggs which are scattered around as they spawn. I've never seen them come out as a clump like this and am also inclined to suspect a parasite of some sort. You should isolate this fish to a quarantine tank and see what develops. Parasites don't normally kill their usual host so your fish may well survive this once the parasite has completely removed itself from the fish.

You will need to keep an eye on the remaining fish in your tank to check if any of them also have the same parasite living in them. I wouldn't recommend any treatment without seeing the fish myself and would suggest you seek local advice if you have a good aquatic ooutlet locally where the staff really know fish and are not just shop assisstants to get treatment advice from them.

Good luck.



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