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Red tube hanging out

My blood parrot cichlid has had this red tube hanging out for about 5 days. In the past it has usually gone away on its own but this time it only seems to be getting worse. I am not sure what to do and I am really concerned. The fish tank is 40 gallons and there is only one other fish in the tank, the algae eater. 

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Any suggestions or feedback would be helpful. Thank you

Hi, it is very hard to see from the photo, but the position of the tube is that of the ovipositor. (the egg laying tube). It is possible that it is infected, or inflamed for some reason but I really couldn't be sure. Please search for the term "ovipositor" on this site to see more on this issue. Sometimes they remain out for quite a while.