Parrot fish gill issue? 9/13/18
I hope you can forgive me.
I’m not to tech savvy with forums. I need help. I have a parrot fish
that has some sort of red worm looking things in her gills.
<Mmm; all I can see are the fish's gill lamellae, the outside gill
filaments... No worms in evidence>
I’ve had two parrots years ago. I don’t remember them having gills like
this one. She was given to me by a neighbor that had to move.
I don’t know her history. She seems pale but healthy ,sassy and fun. I’d
like to her help if this gill issue is not normal.
Thank you so very much,
<Thank you for sharing your concern w/ us. This sort of "genetic
abnormality" is quite common w/ Parrot Cichlids; a hallmark of too much
inbreeding of this hybrid mutant. There is nothing to be done in the way
of treatment here, and the fish may well live a good long while. There
can be a concern w/ having too-aggressive tankmates nipping at the
exposed gill membrane, but otherwise I would not be worried.