Internal parasites?

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Hi would appreciate any help, our powder blue tang started to look abit pinched last week, we increased feeding abit because he is extremely active and have been trying to catch him going for  a number 2 to see if any white stringy poo but has looked like normal tang poo, quick burst/ explosion which breaks up quickly in water nothing strange, but today looks like he has got a string hanging out of him, only way I can describe it is it looks like when a goldfish has a poo like a translucent tube with poo moving down it or the outer shell of some cheato but there’s none in the display omg I’m so sorry reading this in my head sounds funny.....struggling to get decent picture because he won’t keep still this is best I’ve got..


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Bad luck   :( are you able to catch him and put him into a quarantine tank?  If so then you can treat him with something like NT Labs Anti-Fluke and Wormer, or Sera Tremazol

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We have a recipe of humble fish for a reef safe treatment but we need to comfirm whether it is internal parasites before we go ahead... he just won’t keep still for a photo really hard to capture what it looks like


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I give up lol he glides along slowly when I sit down and as soon as I get up to take photo of him he goes wild thinking he gunna get fed again


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Reply #6

If it's eating but losing weight it sounds like parasites or worms.  I'm not experienced enough with tangs to tell from the pictures. @Carol or @semiroundel might know

There is one other thing,  parasites and worms both need different treatments and I'm not sure how you can tell which it is.  Bit of trial and error maybe. 🤷‍♂️

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Okies ,when you say pinched its in the area of the internal organs,eg the bottom third of the body by the ventral fins? Have you had him long? Is he well padded with flesh over the rest of the body? Does he behave normally ? Feed etc...

Just a bit of stringy poo isnt by itself too much to worry about, my Yellow tang does the explosive poo thing because he almost exclusively grazes on rocks and doesent get much in the way of mysis.

Stringy poo doesent always mean worms. It would I imagine if it was be the dear old fish Tapeworm that can cause weight loss.

See if you can capture a better picture.

Edit...is that his spine I can see? So hes thin all over?
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Thankyou carol, I’d say he is abit thin all over tbh, he’s fed three times a day and eats well, nori, mysis with spiralina and nyos true algae pellets but doesn’t seem to be putting the weight on like the other tangs. We’ve had him for 11months but I’d say it’s only in last 6 weeks he’s been looking like he lost weight.

I’d say he was looking pinched above the pelvic fin but below the pectoral fin at the back of his tummy .

Can’t take another photo today as lights have just gone off but I’ll try again tomorrow


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Had him a decent time then. From the point of photography can you stand at a distance and  zoom in so he doesent realise your there?
There are lots of things that can cause a fish to lose weight  and worms is one of them . If it were a Tapeworm they do live for years with the fish shedding sections in its poo. A successful parasite never kills its host,but it can drag it down and leave it open to other infections etc.

Have you introduced any new fish that might be getting to the food first so hes getting less?

Just trying to cover all bases as just because its white its might not be a swan if you get my drift?

Fish like Copperband Butterflys  for some reason often get thin and die after about  ten months,but PBT’ s  to the best of my knowlege dont. I had one for years ,they do get quite easily stressed IME.

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We haven’t added any new fish he was actually the last fish to go into the tank, his behaviour is no different he still very energetic and always grazing and no conflict with his tank mates and they are all fat and healthy but he’s not and worrying us as we don’t want to loose him want him to be fat and healthy like the others.


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I can understand that . Possibly the best thing is get as many opinions/advice as you can and try to pick a path that seems the most appropriate.

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