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So I've never in my 30+ years of keeping fish seen this. I have a while Molly that has what looks like algae growing from her mouth and from under her gill slit.. what??
 

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A few pictures would really go a long way...


"Reality is that which, when you stop believing, doesn't go away"
 

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That is weird looking. Could it possibly be a type of fungus? Cottonmouth?
 

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Maybe. But no other fish shows signs of it. And it really looks like algae. I could probably pull it out but I worry it's attached to something vital
 

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Maybe. But no other fish shows signs of it. And it really looks like algae. I could probably pull it out but I worry it's attached to something vital
I'm with you. I wouldn't take the chance.

Maybe it really is algae? That would be a first in my book.
 

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the picture is rather poor, but could it be worms?
 

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Did it slowly grow or just one day, BAM! instant mouth algae!

That's freaky! I think separating her in a quarantine tank wouldn't be a bad idea. Instead of pulling out the mass, you could opt to cut some of it so there isn't a mass ball of it floating around with her. You could also see if the ball itself has any movement in case they are worms.

I'm interested to find out what it might be. Keep us updated.

Good luck.
 

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Final follow up. I took her out for better inspection. Turns out it was algae. It grew over time not on her mouth as it appeared but on a single hair that she halfway swallowed. I tried to get it loose but it was solidly attached to her insides. Sad to say that the ordeal killed her.

Thanks for the replies.

John
 

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Oh that is so sad :( Sorry to hear that she didn't make it.
 
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