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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:26 pm Post subject: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 All,  I  need  help...
 
 A  couple  of  weeks  back,  I  noticed  something  green  on  the  front  glass,  it  was  round  and  seemed  to  have  eggs  (similar  to  shrimps)  in  its  belly  (I  am  not  sure  if  this  is  how  it  normally  looks  or  is  it  really  eggs).  This  thing  was  light  green  and  one  part  of  it  would  extend  and  it  would  become  elongeated  and  slide  to  its  further  position  (like  a  normal  ground  leech).  However  it  was  green  and  really  round  (forgot  my  camera  today,  will  post  pictures  once  I  get  home,  but  my  macro  photography  capacity  is  really  bad  Smile  )  that  got  me  confused,  I  just  pulled  it  out  and  threw  it.  I  was  ot  of  station  and  my  mom  found  a  similar  slippery  thing  and  managed  to  get  hold  of  it  and  throw  it,  again  it  was  green  and  round.
 
 I  came  back  to  Bangalore  yesterday,  and  got  some  new  Neon  Tetras  (hald  an  inch  big)  I  put  them  in  the  water  by  afterniin  and  in  the  night,  I  found  one  having  something  black  on  one  of  the  neons  fixed  just  below  the  mouth,  with  the  other  end  stuck  some  where  towards  its  belly,  I  thought  it  must  be  a  lot  of  "Sh**"  stuck  to  the  fish  and  tried  to  scare  the  fish  away  so  that  the  stuck  piece  would  fall  off...  The  fish  wouldnt  move  (shoalling  fish  would  scamper  if  somebody  try  to  scare  it).  I  guessed  something  was  wrong  and  picked  the  fish  up  (which  it  let  me  do  without  any  issue),  immediately  it  was  out  of  water  and  jumped  around  a  bit,  the  black  thing  let  go  and  I  put  the  fish  back,  with  blood  oozing  where  the  leech  had  let  go.  I  killed  the  leech  and  put  the  fish  into  a  quarantine  mug  with  Stress  Coat  and  a  few  drops  of  Melafix  (the  instruction  on  the  bottle  said  that  it  is  good  for  external  wounds).  The  fish  was  really  struggling  floating  up,  then  after  a  while  it  would  go  down  and  it  survived  the  night,  in  the  morning  it  was  swimming  but  looks  very  weak  (it  must  be  lesser  than  half  an  inch  and  really  small).  It  still  gets  vertical  sometimes,  but  seems  to  be  doing  better  than  last  night  (not  very  sure  it  can  survive).
 
 This  leech  was  black  and  quater  an  inch  long.  Now  I  dont  know  whether  the  top  mentioned  subjects  and  this  leech  is  the  same  (one  with  blood  and  two  without)
 
 Whatever  the  case  be,  how  do  I  get  rid  of  the  chance  of  there  being  more  ones  in  the  tank?  In  my  tank  there  are  only  11  Guppies,  24  Cardinal  Tetras,  12  Neon  Tetras  (may  be  12  or  may  bacome  11),  10  Rumy  nose  tetras,  6  Otocinclus  and  15  Shrimps  (Amano  and  Cherry  Reds)  and  a  lot  of  snails  (this  is  another  problem)
 
 Leeches  are  not  supposed  to  be  able  to  get  onto  faster  fish  (how  it  got  onto  a  poor  small  neon  is  a  miracle  to  me),  can  it  get  onto  Shrimps  (or  is  the  skeleton  of  the  shrimps  too  hard?)  it  might  be  able  to  get  onto  Otos?  (dont  know  if  the  spike  helps?)  Guppies?  How  do  I  sterilize  my  tank  now  (4X1.5X1.5  ft  planted  jungle,  will  post  pictures  in  the  evening,  have  actually  cut  more  plants  yesterday)
 
 Please  let  me  have  the  experienced  help  me  out  asap.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 i  have  had  to  battle  leech  twice  
 both  times  i  used  a  high  dosage  of  salt  
 for  my  90g  i  added  2  kg  of  salt  after  i  removed  half  the  water  and  left  the  fish  in  the  tank  and  i  also  did  shuffle  around  the  substrate  quite  well,  left  the  tank  and  fish  for  fifteen  minutes  and  at  that  time  i  observed  if  the  fish  was  in  any  trouble  and  then  removed  some  more  water  and  added  new  water  and  my  leech  problem  was  solved  
   
 but  as  you  say  its  a  planted  tank  i  don't  know  what  would  be  the  better  choice
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 sorry  for  the  double  post


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:40 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 the  leech  might  have  got  into  the  neon  in  the  night  as  they  really  don't  move  in  the  night....they  kind  of  go  dumb  in  the  dark....i  have  heard  of  plecos  eating  the  neons....
 
 also,  the  best  way  i  can  think  of  is  to  take  out  all  the  fish  before  doing  anyting  to  the  tank......the  faster  ,  the  better.  and  also  do  not  get  any  of  the  equipments  from  the  same  tank.....as  it  might  have  eggs.
 
 
 rest  about  quarantine  i  surely  have  no  clue....the  planted  gurus  will  come  and  sort  it  out.  bt  for  the  snails  problem  i  know  the  solution....TIGER  loach...i  had  soem  200  plus  small  snails  in  my  aquarium.  they  were  everywhere....
 i  put  these  two  loaches  and  within  10  days  till  now.....no  snails  in  sight...
 
 interestingly  i  found  an  earthworm  in  my  driftwood....it  had  made  all  of  the  java  moss  sticky  and  slimy....took  out  to  investigate  the  wood  and  the  moss  and  found  a  real  big  earthworm....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:51 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 Is  this  it.
 
 
 
 Entering  the  substrate.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Trevor  Sir,
 
 It  might  be  this  one  but  it  was  really  small  and  am  not  sure.  But  once  I  removed  it  from  the  fish  and  on  to  my  hand,  it  would  stand  up  straight  (like  regular  leeches)  and  look  for  something  to  hold  on  to,  it  never  seemed  interested  in  my  hand  and  was  very  comfortable  outside  water  also.  It  looked  more  compact  and  would  extend  very  long.  My  mom  when  she  pulled  one  of  it  out  said  that  it  was  trying  to  slip  into  the  substrate.  The  green  ones  (I  think  were  not  fed  for  a  long  time)  were  round  and  soft  and  one  side  would  suddenly  become  longer  for  it  to  move  (obviously  were  the  head  was,  but  was  difficult  to  make  out).  Thanks  for  trying  to  resolve  my  issue  (I  must  have  had  all  the  problems  that  an  aquarium  can  have  in  a  very  short  duration  Sad  )
 
 What  do  you  suggest  I  do?
 
 Mudjawd  (Sorry,  cant  make  out  your  name  from  the  profile),  I  have  glosso  stigma  that  is  catching  one  well,  so  the  loach  solution  is  currently  ruled  out  for  the  snails
 
 Headbanger,  thanks  for  the  suggestion.  I  will  keep  it  in  mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:46 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 Read  on.
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=429&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=leeches&start=0
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:43 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Trevor  Sir,
 
 Thanks  for  the  link,  now  I  still  have  a  few  questions.  I  shift  all  the  fishes  and  shrimps  into  a  tub  (I  dont  have  a  spare  tank)  and  shift  the  water  filter  there  and  run  it  until  the  current  tank  is  ready  after  being  cleansed.  (How  do  I  catch  all  the  critters  and  fish  (really  small  ones)  in  a  densely  planted  tank?  without  destroying  all  the  set  up?)
 
 I  now  use  Potash  Alum  or  Gluteraldehyde  by  mixing  in  water  and  put  it  into  the  tank  with  full  water  and  leave  it  for  48  Hours  ?  Or  10  Minutes  and  do  a  100%  water  change  couple  of  times?  how  long  till  I  should  move  the  original  inhabitants  back  to  their  place?  How  should  I  get  rid  of  the  snails  and  leeches  which  will  be  found  dead  in  the  water?  Is  it  good  enough  to  add  a  Betta  Splendens  as  suggested  by  Madan  instead?...  I  think  I  will  have  to  call  you.
 
 Thanks  again
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:36 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 A  leech  massacre.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:52 pm Post subject: Re: Water Leeches in my tank Reply with quote

 who  is  the  architect  of  this  massacre  ?  is  it  Sherayas  or  is  it  one  of  your  old  photographs
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Ranjitpai  wrote  (View  Post):                
who  is  the  architect  of  this  massacre  ?  is  it  Sherayas  or  is  it  one  of  your  old  photographs                

 Me.  Its  an  old  photograph.  Smile  
 Does  not  look  like  Shreyas  has  any  more  leeches  in  his  tank.
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 Any  idea  what  species  those  guys  are?
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