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Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: Anchorworms !!
I lost a fish once due to this. I tried removing it but it ripped out a fin. Some say use a nail cutter to cut the worm but its tough to catch the fish unless you remove it and place it on a white towel and then cut it. Like a surgical proceedure.
Later I found online maybe this will help.
Anchor Worm (Lernaea)
Symptoms: The fish scrapes itself against objects, whitish-green threads hang out of the fish's skin with an inflamed area at the point of attachment.
Anchor worms are actually crustaceans. The young are free swimming and borrow into the skin, go into the
muscles and develop for several months before showing. They release eggs and die. The holes left behind are ugly
and may become infected.
The anchor worm is too deeply imbedded to safely remove. Treatment can best be done with a 10 to 30 minute
bath in 10 mg per liter of potassium permanganate. Or treat the whole tank with 2 mg per liter, but this method is
messy and dyes the water
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:17 am Post subject: Re: Anchorworms !!
Potassium Permanganate for the anchor worms, and salt bath for the wounds that the worms will leave behind.
I suggest quarantining the fish in another tank/tub containing aged tank water, and adding salt there. After fish acclimatize to the salt, make PP baths in another tub/bucket, then place the fish in the quarantine tank again. Do large water changes to control ammonia and nitrate levels.
With PP, your main tank will de-cycle. So, ideally, use quarantine tub/tank/bucket for fish, and thoroughly clean your main tank, with larger doses of PP when there are no live fish and plants in it. Then salt wash it with a salt dose so high, that your fingers might sting. Rinse it with fresh water, and then cycle the tank with the plants and substrate in it, and then only introduce the fishes back.
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