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superman 10-18-2007 09:46 PM

help! fish parasite
help! i just bought come cardinal tetras from a lfs and found a parasite on one of the fish, it looks like a tick, it was attached to one of the fish, i tried to rip it off but it held on the fish real good and finally managed to yank it off, i dont see any more of them, what should i do now? quarantine the fish? and what kind of parasite was it, anyone know?

Lupin 10-18-2007 10:00 PM

Welcome to, Superman.:wave:

How does the parasite really look? Look into my sticky thread, Freshwater and Saltwater Diseases and look on Anchorworms, Fish Lice and Ergasilus on page 2.

bettababy 10-18-2007 10:13 PM

Does it look like these photos?

There are a number of freshwater parasites that resemble "ticks", the first thing that's important is to identify it. The next thing to do is to get the full stats for your tank so we know what its safe to treat with once we identify it properly. If you can post as much info as possible about your tank, size, how long it has been set up, what animals are in it and how many, how often you do water changes & how much water at a time, what kind of filtration, feeding habits/schedules, how much decoration, temp, everything you can think of... and water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, & pH.

We'll help all we can, but first we need to identify the problem. For something like this I would say its probably safer to wait on quarantine, cuz if possible, we will need to treat any tank that was infested. All it would take is for 1 to drop off of a fish, then find another host fish... it can be an ugly cycle.

superman 10-18-2007 10:16 PM

thanks :) i didnt add it to the tank yet, its still in its bag from the lfs, ill take a pic of the tick and post it asap

superman 10-18-2007 10:30 PM

it actually looks like a oval parasite, with a hard shell, has 2 black eyes, ill post a pic

bettababy 10-18-2007 10:45 PM

I look forward to seeing the pics. We'll go from there...

superman 10-18-2007 11:39 PM

k this is the closest picture that i can find of this guy, it looked exactly like this, should i be scared?

bettababy 10-19-2007 12:11 AM

That looks like fish lice, in which case, yes, I'd be concerned. I am looking for a proper ID of the parasite you posted to be sure. I am noticing a few differences between these and a typical louse, meaning it could still be something else. I will post in the morning as soon as I can, will look for your post with the information at that time.

The info I asked for previously will be very important if you wish to treat the tank with any type of medication.

Picklee 10-19-2007 01:19 AM

That is scary. I nice salt bath will do him well.

superman 10-19-2007 01:23 AM

Hey thanks again for everything, anyways, i dont have much information, i just bought them this evening so theyre still in the bag with the local fish store's water in it, i havent placed it in my planted tank yet

i just bought the ten cardinal tetras, when i was leaving the store i noticed (what seems to be) fish lice attached to one of the cardinals, when i got home i got a tweezer and managed to grab onto the lice, it was tough since it didnt let go of the poor little fish but then i finally pulled it off

i compared the picture i posted with the fish lice again and they look 100% identical, not sure on what to do yet, maybe leave them in the bag for a couple of weeks, days and see if anything happens before i put them in my tank??

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