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post #11 of 19 Old 09-01-2009, 09:07 AM
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Possibly?

Thorny Headed Worm
Visible symptoms are white or green threads on the gills. The fish often scratches on objects in the aquarium.
The thorny headed worm is similar to the anchor worm, only smaller in size. It attaches itself to the gills. The cure is also a potassium permanganate bath for 20 minutes (dosage 10ml/l).



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post #12 of 19 Old 09-01-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Ty for replying - but it's not attached to the gills - is further down the body sometimes 1/2 way down.
and there's no tentacles/threads just one part - almost reminds me of a tapeworm in looks. I've scoured the
web, but will keep lookin. Thanks again!
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-01-2009, 12:01 PM
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Does it look like this?
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-01-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Not it

No, sorry that's not it...
this has ONE part only & is sort of flat & transparent.
I'm still researchin it.
ty tho!
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-01-2009, 02:50 PM
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would it hurt your betta to do a salt bath?
I heard those could be good for treating lots of problems.
I don't keep bettas or have had to deal with any parasites yet... *knock on wood*
So I would wait for some experienced people to tell you if its a good idea or not.
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-02-2009, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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This is a mystery... All day yesterday he was clear, nothing on him.
He seems fine - swimming & eating normal.
This thing shows up between his pectoral fins - today there is a tiny bit
of something there. I have to stress it's NOT connected to the gills -
I keep having people say that.

It does not look like anything I can find on the web.
It is ONE thing, no tentacles or Y shapes (like anchor worms) etc.
It falls off & then grows/comes back?
It's really short - like 1/4 inch - not long & flowing like the picture above.

Still researching...
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-02-2009, 11:34 AM
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How bizarre. I wish someone knew what this "thingy" is. I'm very interested in knowing!
And the fish is doing fine today. Weird.

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post #18 of 19 Old 09-02-2009, 12:29 PM
Hope it's ok for me to jump in. I'm not a worm expert at all but having lost breeding chocolate gouramis to what i thought was worms, i would'nt hesitate to start treatment by feeding junglelabs medicated food for parasites or use jungle labs parasite clear fizz tabs which are safe for plants and sensitive fish. No since in taking chances since gouramis are often carriers of worms, i did read you have a dwarf in your tank, right ? He could brought one in with him.Good luck
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-02-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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OMG!!! I feel so stupid!
IT is poop!
Would totally explain the dropping off..
only being there sometime... etc..

I read someone posted - Where do Betta's poop from...
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That's poop. Their anus is right behind their ventral fins (the two that hang down in the front).

I've spent hours & hours researching & reading about worms etc..! lol...
Ty for your input all...
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