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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:21 pm Post subject: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Everyone,  
 
 I  have  found  leaches  in  my  18  inches  X  11  inches  X  12  inches  Planted  tank,  Please  anyone  suggest  me  how  to  destroy  these.  My  fishes  are  dieing  daily.  
 I  have  heard  that  these  suck  blood  from  humans..  i  have  noticed  small  red  spots  on  the  fish..  Could  you  people  suggest  me  what  should  i  do  to  destroy  these.  I  am  little  bit  worried  ...
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:36 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Sharath,
 what  you  probably  might  have  are  commonly  known  as  fish  louse..........use  a  good  ecto-parasite  treater  from  a  reputed  company.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:13 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Can  you  please  elaborate  on  the  same,  Nauzer?
 
 What  medicine  to  use  (pharma  names  if  any),  the  kind  of  dosage  and  treatment  period?
 
 That  will  be  very  helpful.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:19 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 If  you  are  sure  it  is  leeches  then  you  can  use  glutaldehyde.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:02 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Second  Trevor.....
   All  Microworms   tapeworms  daphnia  Infurosa  and  Leethes  can  be  easily  killed  by  GD.
 
 Just  ensure  fishes  tolerate  GD,  Aeriate  the  tank  and  dose  GD...  That  should  be  the  end  of  all  worms.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:31 am Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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If  you  are  sure  it  is  leeches  then  you  can  use  glutaldehyde.                

 
 hi,  
 
 Trevor  Could  you  tell  me  where  i  can  get  this.  As  raghu  is  telling  will  the  fishes  tolerate  and  what  is  the  dosage.
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:42 am Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 AZOO  Ecto  Parasite...  Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:08 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Sorry  Sarath,  I  could  not  answer  earlier  -  please  let  us  know  as  to  what  the  parasite  looks  like  is  it  fish  louse,  anchor  worms,  leeches?  If  in  doubt  just  take  a  damn  bugger  and  click  a  picture  and  post  it  here.
 Nag  had  a  thread  sometime  back  about  the  leeches  try  to  dig  it  out  and  read........
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:48 am Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 A  single  drop  of  glutaldehyde  was  all  it  took  to  make  all  these  guys  stiff.  Had  to  catch  them  first  though.  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:38 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Trevor,
 just  a  question  though  can  we  use  it  on  parasites  like  fish  louse  also?  If  so  what  can  be  the  safe  dosage  for  a  100ltr.  tank  considering  fish  in  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:56 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Hi  
 
 I  just  wanted  to  know  if  the  usual  deworming  treatment  also  work  for  leeches.
 
 Glutaraldehyde  is  pretty  strong  stuff  and  it  might  be  easy  to  go  wrong  with  it.  And  it  is  more  or  less  irreversible.
 
 Why  did  you  have  to  catch  them  first  Trevor?  Did  you  dose  the  glutaraldehyde  directly  to  the  tank  or  to  the  captured  leeches?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:26 am Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 You  guys  are  right.  Glutaraldehyde  is  pretty  strong  stuff  and  it  might  be  easy  to  go  wrong  with  it.  And  it  is  more  or  less  irreversible.  
 
 I  have'nt  lost  any  fish  to  Glutaraldehyde  though  I  recently  lost  some  shrimp  to  it  for  the  first  time  and  I  use  it  very  sparingly.
 A  few  of  our  guys  have  also  lost  shrimp  to  Glutaraldehyde  since  shrimp  are  the  most  sensitive.
 A  drop  of  concentrate  is  what  I  use  for  a  fifty  litre  tank.
 The  leeches  I  caught  are  from  a  large  bucket  I  use  to  keep  the  live  bloodworms.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:48 am Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Lemme  also  tell  you  my  experiences.
 
 I  just  diluted  a  25%  GD  into  500ml  and  then  added  20ml  of  the  diluted  solution  into  my  planted  tank,  All  the  Blood  worms  that  i  added  later  were  floating  within  5  min's.
 
 Hence  we  can  continue  our  normal  dosgae  that  we  do  for  planted  tank  setup  and  get  rid  of  different  types  of  worms.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:42 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Trevor  &  Raghu,
 I  actually  wanted  to  know  if  it  works  for  fish  louse  and  anchor  worms?
 and  also  I  have  a  tank  heavily  infested  with  snails  -  this  is  the  tank  that  I  normally  use  to  condition  newly  acquired  plants  which  are  treated  with  alumn  water  to  get  free  of  snails  and  later  they  are  washed  and  put  in  the  stocking  tank  for  sale.  Now,  you  will  be  amazed  to  know  that  even  alumn  is  not  effective  against  totally  freeing  the  tank  of  snails  -  I  even  tried  milder  doses  of  cuso4  but,  to  no  avail.  Can  GD  help  me?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:50 pm Post subject: Re: Leaches in the tank Reply with quote

 Nauzer....
   If  you  have  Invertibrates  /  loaches  /  And  scale  less  fish  then  do  not  use  GD.
 Another  care  is  if  you  have  plants  which  are  grassy  in  nature  like  the  Blyxa,  Moss  of  all  varities,  HC,  Valls  then  forget  GD.
 
 On  the  other  hand  if  you  have  Anubia's  Crypts,  Aponogetons  and  other  plants  of  these  then  You  can  add  GD  and  get  rid  of  fish  louse  and  anchor  worms.  Not  only  that  your  plants  would  thrive,  Alge  would  disappear.
 
 I  suppose  even  Discus  should  not  get  affected  by  it.  But  ensure  that  the  tank  is  heavily  aeriated  as  fishes  can  Suffocate  due  to  limits  of  Aldehyde  in  GD.
 
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