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platyfishlover123 09-23-2011 07:03 AM

Anchor Worms, Help Please!
I recently had a female Bumblebee Platy that died from these horrible parasites, and now I think my other male Bumblebee Platy has them too. He is acting the same eating, pooping, and swimming which only make me wonder if the parasites are hurting her. At the time my female Bumblebee Platy had them I had no clue what they were, but thanks to BarbH I know that they are anchor worms. He has ONE very minuscule worm on top of his spine where the front of the top fin meets the head. This is the first sign of worms after my fish had died and I cleaned the tank out very well, but I guess that didn't work. I know for myself that they can kill a fish, and make them more vulnerable to diseases especially when they leave a fish. They can leave big wounds in the body. I have really become attached to this fish and I am going to clean the tank today.
If anyone knows how to...

Prevent from getting them in your tank...
How to kill them when they are on your fish...
How long will it take if it goes untreated for him to die...
Does a salt bath work...
If so ^ How much salt do I use...
How long do I keep her in the salt...
Is this method affective on Anchor Worms...
I read somewhere you can take them out with tweezers, is this true...
If so ^ How would you get the fish to hold still...
How to heal the wound that will form...
Is this common in Platys...

By the way,
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- 15
Ph- 7.6
Temperature- 75 F

ladayen 09-23-2011 02:38 PM

Hmm.. you can prevent them getting into your tank by using a quarentine tank. Put all fish you get into a seperate tank for a month, that way they dont spread any diseases and such they may be carrying.

As to healing... the best thing to do is keep the water clean.

Romad 09-23-2011 03:34 PM

You can remove it with tweezers and do a salt dip. If you need to treat the tank (not sure how many other fish you have), I've read that Clout is an effective medication.

Having said that, I have no personal experience but from what I've read, these seem to be treatments that the majority uses.

Good luck.

k19smith 09-23-2011 09:47 PM

I've never had them but if you do a forum search there are tons of topics about them, with many different treatment plans.

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