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There are two main kinds of flukes. One is body flukes, they look like worms hanging off the sides of the fish.

Gill flukes are attached inside the fish's gills and they suck blood from there.

Signs of gill flukes are easy to see. Fish tend to "flash" against objects in the tank. They swim next to a sharp corner in the tank and quickly swim past it, rubbing or scratching their gills on the object.

Flukes don't usually kill fish very quickly, they normally build up over time, and only kill if the fish's immune system has been weakened by something else.

Your fish probably died from something else. What are your water conditions? Ammonia? Nitrites? Nitrates? Temperature? CO2? Any new fish added recently? Could it be ick?

You could do 1aquamfish's solution, dose a bit of copper medication (this will kill all invertibrates like snails, worms, SHRIMP, crayfish etc...), but not fish or most plants. You could also get assassin snails, or look into clown loaches, they both eat snails.
 

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trackhazard is right - if a majority of the fish's scales are raised then it sounds like dropsy which is essentially incurable and results in death.

Fish can get dropsy for a number of reasons including diseases, or organ failure, cancer, etc... The disease happens when fluid leaks out of blood vessels (edema) and builds up beneath the scales causing them to rise in the distinctively creepy dropsy way. A lot of the time it is caused by renal failure (kidney failure), and even that can be caused by many different things (poisons, old age, disease, damage, etc...).

To be safe, remove the fish like you planned and do a few large water changes to remove any possible poisons, or disease agents that might be in the water.

Keep an eye on the fish and quarantine any at the first time of trouble.
 
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