logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Fish Site

BellaOnline's Fish Editor

g

The Anchor Worm And How To Get Rid Of It


Many people ask about the health of their fish and, as there are various diseases that can affect them, let's tackle one that many readers have questions about. It is a disturbing infestation by anchor worms. Anchor worms look like whitish, red, worm-like threads about a quarter-inch long protruding from your fish and can cause weight loss and even death if not treated. These worms can be seen with the naked eye and are commonly seen at the base of the fins.

The anchor worm can affect cichlids, goldfish, and pond or outdoor fish. They can be found anywhere on your fish, including the eyes, gills, and fins. The worms burrow with their anchor-shaped heads into the fish's muscles and gills and may go all the way into their internal organs. Bacterial infections may occur in ulcers where the worms are attached to your fish.

You may also see your fish flashing or frequently rubbing if he has this disease. He may have difficulty breathing and experience general lethargy.

Anchor worms are highly contagious and must be brought in by an infested fish. They can come from local fish stores that are infected, so make sure you quarantine all new fish and never risk putting your established tank in jeopardy! Remember to take all the precautions that you must to protect you and your fishy friends when working with chemicals.

You can treat them with potassium permanganate as a dip at 100mg per 2.5 gallons of water or you can try a salt dip. Another possible treatment is a formalin dip at 2 - 4 ml of formalin per 2.5 gallons of water for 30 minutes and just be sure to immediately transfer your fish to clean, fresh water because he may lose equilibrium. There are some antiparasitics that may help like disco-worm, fluke tabs, and clout. Then, to possibly prevent secondary infections, you might want to put 1 - 2 tablespoons of salt in your aquarium.

It is a good idea to remove the worms by hand and quarantine the tank. Use tweezers and grip them as close to the wound as possible. Continue to dunk the fish in water to let him get a few breaths before continuing to tweeze the worms from his body. Remove as many as you can and use Stress Coat. Keep an eagle eye on him and send good thoughts in his direction in hopes that this works. Obviously, prevention is the best key for the poor fish and for you.






Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Twitter Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Facebook Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to MySpace Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Del.icio.us Digg The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Yahoo My Web Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Google Bookmarks Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Stumbleupon Add The+Anchor+Worm+And+How+To+Get+Rid+Of+It to Reddit




The Importance of Clean Water For Betta Fish
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Fish Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Mary Brennecke. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Mary Brennecke. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Mary Brennecke for details.

g


g features
Cichlid Aquarium

Transfer Your Betta Fish to a Larger Home

"Tanked" a Great T.V. Show

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor