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Nicole
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Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« on: January 06, 2010, 11:47:04 PM »

Hi.  I posted this on the comments section, too, and I hope I'm not posting too much, but I'm worried about my fishie, Spot.  He's a shubunkin, and other wise quite healthy, good appetite, swimming around, etc.  We incorrectly diagnosed him with a bacterial infection (which it turned out he had secondary to the parasite) and treated him for a week with antibiotics.  We recently added Coppersafe to the water to kill the anchor worm.  It's been about two days, and he still seems in good spirits, but the worm is still there.  Yesterday the entry wound looked big and had what looked to be muscle protruding, and today the entrance wound looks smaller, but there is a huge lump under the skin right below where the worm is protruding that wasn't there before.  Is this normal when treating fish?  How long should I wait before I can expect Spot to get better?  The box says the Coppersafe will stay in the water for a month, but to be honest, I'm worried about my fishie.  Please help!
P.S. The water quality is fine as of our last test at the pet store a week ago, and the two other goldfish are well.  Oh and sorry, no camera for pics. Sad
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Mindemae
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Re: Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 01:00:29 AM »

You may have to hold your fish in a wet net and extract the anchor worm with a tweezers.  Then paint on mercurochrome to the wound site to prevent infection.
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Nicole
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Re: Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010, 12:13:01 AM »

If I do that, how can I make sure I don't hurt my fish?  I heard about clove oil, but I don't want to do that for fear of killing it.
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Re: Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2010, 02:02:28 PM »

The anchor worm is a parasite and is sucking the blood and vital nutrients from your fish.
If the anchor worm didn't die and fall off with treatment then extracting it with tweezers is the only other way I know of.  If you are squeamish then have someone either hold the fish for you or extract the worm while you hold your fish.  You can treat your water with salt afterwards too and or melafix to prevent infection.  Swabbing on the mecurochrome on the wound will help to prevent infection also.
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Nicole
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Re: Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 10:03:52 PM »

Thanks.  We gave him a good tweeze and pulled out a huge worm lodged in his muscle. He's acting healthy (albiet a little ooked out over being netted), and he will hopefully be fine.
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Re: Shubunkin With Anchor Worm
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010, 10:42:21 AM »

Oh I am so glad you got that nasty worm out!  It literally was sucking the life out of him! Sad
I'm glad he is behaving healthy.  Keep an eye on him for a bacterial or fungal infection at the wound site for a few weeks.  It should heal up nicely tho.  Glad everything worked out! Smiley
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