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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 7:47 pm Post subject: Worst Nightmare -- Leeches!! Reply with quote

 Hi  All    Crying or Very sad  
 
 Today  during  WC  to  my  Planted  Aquarium...I  noticed  Leeches...
 Immediately,  I've  moved  all  my  fishes  to  a  BB  hospital  tank  and  to  Quarantine.
 So...no  fishes  in  the  Planted  Tank...  Sad  
 
 Big  Q...What  Next  ??
 
 Thanks  for  any  advice  and  help...
 Hope  no  one  goes  through  this    Sad  
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 Are  you  sure  they  are  leeches??  If  they  are,  you  may  have  to  disinfect  everything  with  ammonia
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 Hi  Rahul    Smile  
 
 I'm  very  sure  its  the  blood  sucking  leeches    Crying or Very sad  
 
 Fishes  seems  to  be  unaffected...no  bloody  patches  on  body  or  near  gills...anyway  I'm  still  keeping  them  quarantined  and  currently  undergoing  treatment  with  "Metronidazole"
 
 How  to  treat  the  tank...with  the  plants  in  ??  All  of  them  are  thriving  vwell.
 
 Don't  know  what  to  do...  Sad  
 
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 Nag,
 
 You  should  have  removed  the  plants  first,  deleeched  them  ,  rinsed  them  in  fresh  water  ,  inspected  them  leaf  by  leaf,  disinfected  them  with  Pot.Perm.  and  put  them  back.
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 But  Kiran...inspite  of  all  measures  taken  this  has  happened...
 
 What  next...?
 
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 Hi  Nag,
 
 For  a  quick  cure,  drop  in  a  400mg  tablet  of  Albendazole  for  each  50  liters  of  tank  water  and  wait  72  hours.  This  will  kill  the  leeaches  and  everything  else  in  it.  Remove  the  fish  before  attempting  this  treatment.  Plants  too.  Do  massive  water  change  close  to  100%  after  72  hrs  and  filter  through  activated  carbon  if  you  can.  Albendazole  takes  hours  to  dissolve  in  the  water  so  keep  churning  the  water  with  a  internal  powerhead.
 
 When  you  reintroduce  the  fish  add  a  male  Betta  splendens  to  eat  up  any  that  may  hatch  out  from  the  eggs.  In  my  experience  nothing  will  hatch  out.
 
 Some  leeches  are  not  harmful  to  fish,  so  just  add  a  Betta  splendens  to  keep  their  population  under  control  if  you  don't  want  to  medicate  and  redo  the  tank.
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 Another  method  which  I  have  tried  out  for  snails  and  invertebrates,  there  is  no  need  to  remove  the  plants  and  some  say  even  the  fish  -  but  I  removed  both  -  is  to  add  500  gms  of  Potash  Alum  to  150  liters  of  tank  water.This  will  kill  all  snails,  leeches,  and  invertebrates  along  with  their  eggs.  Your  tank  will  look  as  though  you  poured  in  a  couple  of  liters  of  yeast  mixture  into  it.  Don't  worry.
 I  did  not  have  a  leech  infection  when  I  used  this  treatment  but  it  will  work  just  as  well  for  leeches.
 
 Do  a  massive  water  change,  almost  100%  at  one  go  right  down  to  the  gravel  after  48  hrs.  
 
 Potash  Alum  is  easier  to  get  rid  off  than  Albendazole  when  the  treatment  is  done.
 
 The  two  methods  I  have  detailed  in  my  posts  will  kill  the  eggs  too  which  other  methods  like  Pot.  permanganate  etc.,  will  not.  Leeches  eggs  can  lie  dormant  for  months.
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 Thanks  Madan:
 
 I'll  update  after  72  Hrs...
 
 uuuuuusssssssss.......
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 Update  1:  --  After  24  Hrs
 
 I  caught  two  specimens  and  took  them  to  be  examined  under  microscope.
 I'm  now  certain  that  it  is  the  Leech.
 
 I've  started  the  treatment  --  Albendazole  400  mg  --  2  tabs.
 
 No  changes  after  24  hours...I've  4  guppies  in  the  tank.
 
 Everyone  is  fine...the  leeches,  guppies  and  others  (jelebi  snails).
 
 Will  update  at  48  Hrs.
 
 Till  then,  bye...
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 Update  2:  --  After  48  Hrs
 
 No  significant  changes!
 The  Guppies  are  fine...After  the  lights  off,  I  still  see  the  leeches  all  over  the  places...  Sad  
 Though  the  jilebi  snails  numbers  seems  to  have  gone  down...now  I  see  them  more  scattered...
 
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 Update  3:  --  After  72  Hrs
 
 All  Plants  are  fine...Lost  3  Guppies...lots  of  Blood  Marks  on  the  Body...Snails  are  still  hanging  around...though  they  seem  inactive.
 
 Leeches...absolutely  fine...now  they  are  all  scattered  over...underneath  every  plant  leaf...  Crying or Very sad  
 
 Madan,  should  I  change  100%  water  or  should  I  wait  for  another  day  ?
 
 Thanks,
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 Hi  All:
 
 I've  changed  100%  water  after  another  2  days  of  waiting.  The  snails  have  been  ERAZED    Cool  
 
 Now,  coming  back  to  Leeches  they  still  present  in  prominenet  numbers.
 From  today,  I  plan  to  use  Potash  Alum...
 
 I  lost  the  remaining  guppy...  Sad  
 
 I'll  update  after  48  Hrs.
 
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 Hi
 
 Nag
 
 After  Clearing  the  Leeches  and  Snails,  as  a  Preventive  Measure  You  can
 Introduce  some  Rams  and  may  be  a  Pair  of  Puffer  fish  which  will  eradicate
 the  Leeches  and  snails,  whenever  they  try  to  come  back.  All  the  Best.
 
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 Hi  Sundar:
 
 Does  Rams  eat  leeches...?!!?
 
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 Hi
 
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 Yes  it  Does.  Pl  check  it  up  this  Link  www.vectrapoint.com
 under  the  thread  Pestcontrol.
 
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