Look - Argulus

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Look - Argulus

Unread postby Aquachem » Wed May 16, 2012 8:51 am

I found a parasite - what looks like an Argulus, on my Redcap this morning, sucking on the poor thing's tail. I took it off. just sharing the pics. What do i do to make sure that there arent any more?

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Re: Look - Argulus

Unread postby Romi » Wed May 16, 2012 12:36 pm

good photo!

this is definately Argulus.

the only thing to do is to just take tweezers and pull it off.

when u see it... since these red caps are old, and u have had them for a while, i assume this Argulus came with a recent purchase.

i don't worry about Argulus. last time, i found one on a wild caught rosy barb that was breathing fast in stress. when i realised what was causing the fish such anxiety, i just took out my forceps and pulled it off. they are not so prolific, so i dont see a need to medicate the fish. never saw another again... if the fish was old or sick, i would have given it some desi salt treatment as a tonic... but the barb was bouncy!

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Re: Look - Argulus

Unread postby Romi » Wed May 16, 2012 12:41 pm

to 'make sure there aren't any more' keep your eyes open and alert for any more. same treatment will do for each. ..

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Re: Look - Argulus

Unread postby Aquachem » Wed May 16, 2012 2:41 pm

Thats what. There was no new purchase, and i read that it's highly unlikely that an argulus be found in hometanks. maybe it came with the water change. I will keep a look out.