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post #1 of 9 Old 09-25-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Snail/Parasite eggs

I added a pleco from 1 store and new plants from another on the same day. As an unexpected surprise I also got snails and some type of parasites with them ( no charge of course). I believe the parasites to be gill flukes and am treating for them now. I'm getting small eggs on a small thin transparent sheet, some floating, some attached to objects. Am I correct in assuming these are snail eggs, as I would expect the parasite eggs to be invisible to the eye?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-28-2012, 10:05 PM
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I added a pleco from 1 store and new plants from another on the same day. As an unexpected surprise I also got snails and some type of parasites with them ( no charge of course). I believe the parasites to be gill flukes and am treating for them now. I'm getting small eggs on a small thin transparent sheet, some floating, some attached to objects. Am I correct in assuming these are snail eggs, as I would expect the parasite eggs to be invisible to the eye?
I'm betting snail eggs. HOw would you "see" gill fllukes? Do you see that on the fish?

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I'm betting snail eggs. HOw would you "see" gill fllukes? Do you see that on the fish?

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Hi Gwen. My tank had been happy and healthy for over three months. After adding plants I had a platy lethargic and on the bottom. Next morn she was dead with a worm coming from her gills. Next day another was on bottom so I scooped her and put her in freezer. I thawed her out and saw a worm in her gills also. All others were flashing. I treated for Ich and saw no change. I had gotten a pleco at the same time from a locally owned fish store who is known for exceptional care of his fish and not selling sick fish. My first reaction was to blame the pleco, who showed no signs. The local owner suggested I go to Petco and look around(where i got the plants). They had their tanks shut down for Ich. But as I asked for details he let slip something about flukes.I did some research and found snails can carry flukes and I got snails from the plants. I'm on day 4 treating for flukes and finally see a big improvement. I know you can't see flukes and am not sure what was in their gills, but treatment is working. Sorry so long winded, any thoughts?P.S.- I have a rule that says if your tank is happy and healthy, don't change or add anything. Now I remember why I made it a rule.

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Hi Gwen. My tank had been happy and healthy for over three months. After adding plants I had a platy lethargic and on the bottom. Next morn she was dead with a worm coming from her gills. Next day another was on bottom so I scooped her and put her in freezer. I thawed her out and saw a worm in her gills also. All others were flashing. I treated for Ich and saw no change. I had gotten a pleco at the same time from a locally owned fish store who is known for exceptional care of his fish and not selling sick fish. My first reaction was to blame the pleco, who showed no signs. The local owner suggested I go to Petco and look around(where i got the plants). They had their tanks shut down for Ich. But as I asked for details he let slip something about flukes.I did some research and found snails can carry flukes and I got snails from the plants. I'm on day 4 treating for flukes and finally see a big improvement. I know you can't see flukes and am not sure what was in their gills, but treatment is working. Sorry so long winded, any thoughts?P.S.- I have a rule that says if your tank is happy and healthy, don't change or add anything. Now I remember why I made it a rule.
Ugh! That's terrible. I'm sorry for you. I'd be interested to see if anyone else chimes in and agrees snails can carry flukes. I always thought different species couldn't transmit disease to others, but if Byron QT's plants (I've never done that) than I guess things like this are possible. PM Byron and see what he knows about this. Good the treatment is working.

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Ugh! That's terrible. I'm sorry for you. I'd be interested to see if anyone else chimes in and agrees snails can carry flukes. I always thought different species couldn't transmit disease to others, but if Byron QT's plants (I've never done that) than I guess things like this are possible. PM Byron and see what he knows about this. Good the treatment is working.

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Thank you for responding. Google snail flukes, very interesting. Turns out snails carry skin, gill, blood and liver flukes. I think I read about bleach dipping plants before putting them in the tank, but I don't know the ratio or the duration.P.S. Some flukes are transferable to humans, Google showed pictures of an arm infested.

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I've always found that a quick rinse in tap water does wonders. A quick salt water rinse is also good. No plant supplier can guarantee no snails; however, parasite infestation is another matter. I would question their source and cultivation methods. You're probably doing the right thing. I would never buy plants or anything else at that fish store. I'm finding that online plant specialists are the way to go.

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I've always found that a quick rinse in tap water does wonders. A quick salt water rinse is also good. No plant supplier can guarantee no snails; however, parasite infestation is another matter. I would question their source and cultivation methods. You're probably doing the right thing. I would never buy plants or anything else at that fish store. I'm finding that online plant specialists are the way to go.
I agree. When I was investigating at Petco and flukes came up, the employee told me that flukes couldn't be in the plant tank without a fish host. I now know that snails can carry flukes AND there were fish in the plant tank as he told me this. I can understand someone not knowing what's going on but to try to cover it up while I'm trying to figure it out what is happening to my tank is hard to forget.

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Thank you for responding. Google snail flukes, very interesting. Turns out snails carry skin, gill, blood and liver flukes. I think I read about bleach dipping plants before putting them in the tank, but I don't know the ratio or the duration.P.S. Some flukes are transferable to humans, Google showed pictures of an arm infested.
19 parts water to 1 part bleach, submerge for 2 min., rinse well. It works and is cheap!!
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19 parts water to 1 part bleach, submerge for 2 min., rinse well. It works and is cheap!!
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