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When I first saw this on his body I thought he either scraped against something in the tank or hung around the heater a little too long. I went to Petco and bought a heater guard right afterwards but got to thinking I better make sure its nothing more serious...Here are some pics and let me know what you think. Its more of a discoleration and his temperment and health seem to be fine. He's actually pretty social for being a young rhom.
 

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the pic doesn't work for me (can you send it to me?), but by the if it is just a scratch or wound, it should heal very nicely, piranhas are very good healers.
if it was a desiese I would think it would be slime desiese, but if it is no longer spreading, it will recover.
 

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There is no sign of spreading, my original thoughts were simply a scratch as all of a sudden it was there when I got home from work. I would have noticed it develop over a period of several days for it to be a disease but just wanted some second had thoughts. I'm always examining him and making sure his behavior and attitude are all right. If I notice anything strange in his activities I'll keep ya posted, but as of yet he's acting like he usually does.
 

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Doesn't look very serious to me. It should heal in a couple of weeks (heater burns, if that's the case, tend to heal rather slowly compared to fin nips or minor bite wounds), but it'll probably leave a small scar.

One of my reds a burn once too:

Heater burn pic 1
Heater burn pic 2
(you might have to copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar [webshots can be a real pain in the azz
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It all healed nicely after a while, and he didn't seem to be affected in any way by it. All it did was leaving a nice scar, which only adds to his character...

So don't worry about it, but just keep an eye on him.
 
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