Please help I don't know what is wrong with my angelfish

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He has a weird red thing on his feeler type fin and I really don't know what it is. I checked all my reference material and it was never even mentioned!? If you know anything please help...
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I can't really tell what is going on with your angel's fin. The "ball" before the red makes me think it was damaged, maybe bitten...but it almost looks like a red worm attached there, eek!

I'd be tempted to snip off the ball & "worm" but that seems pretty scary & maybe too drastic.

Tell us more about your tank & fish. How long have you had them? What are you water parameters? (ammonia, nitrite & nitrate). Tank size, etc, everything!
 

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Agreed, looks like damage. I'd monitor, and if it gets worse, remove it. Use a clean, sharp pair of scissors and cut just above the damage line. It's not too scary--fins are pretty durable, and in clean water should heal promptly. You just want to remove necrotic tissue.
 

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Thanks for agreeing, Sheila. Snipping off even fin parts can be scary & something I've only done maybe once or twice in...30 years or more...

There's no hurry to this problem, lots of time to observe & to decide what is best to do...wait!
 

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Scary for the snipper, not so much for the fish. Fins are pretty robust--biologists will 'clip' a fin in order to mark fish in the wild with a hole punch. It's done when a wild population is manually spawned to raise the eggs in a hatchery--this keeps them from spawning the same fish multiple times in a single season. By the next year, the marked area has healed completely.
 

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good news, it cleared up. I believe it was the koi patterned angel who bit him. I have since separated the two and all has been good.
 

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Btw nitrate and nitrite are perfect, as is ammonia. Tank size is 29 gallons. It's just the wild type angel with a little golden angel along with two corys and a bristle nose catfish.
 
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