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Aegid Isopod

Discussion in 'Marine and Reef Chit Chat' started by TBLightningFan, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. TBLightningFan

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    My neon dottyback has something odd on its top fin. It looks like a very large pod of some sort with faded bee like striping on it. Should I worry about it? Is just hitching a ride and maybe climbed on when the fish was sleeping?
     
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    I think it is an Aegid Isopod. I have come to this conclusion only because it is on the fins and not the body. I also thin kit may be too late for my fish. I am at work for the night and I will not be able to get back to the fish until tomorrow. For from wha tI am reading he's a goner.

    Anyone else run into these things?
     
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    A fresh water dip will remove the parasite. Without causing a greater lesion to the fish.
     
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    id get a cleaner shrimp he should eat it off, and if your fish is stressed he should just swim over to him for a service :)
     
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    I think this parasite is too much for a shrimp to handle. its about 1/4 of an inch long
     
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    Sorry to hear this- doesnt sound good for your fish. There is some advice/ information from reefkeeping magazine:

    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-05/rs/index.htm

     
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    :eek: ARH!!!! i dint relise they were that bad i agree with the post remove the fish and put it in a isolation/hospital tank and take it from there :( i hope hes going to be ok, i was just thinking if its big enough and i know this will be stressful on the fish can it be removed with tweezers or something as its only on the fin not the main body this may sound strange but ive heard that some people take there fish to the vets to have injections and stuff ;)
     
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    That's nasty !!! Talk about a slow death !!!!!!
    I'm gonna have to see what these things look like.
     
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    [​IMG]

    from the article I linked to above.
     
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    aaggghh! My eyes are peeled.. Don't want one of those things in my tank :crazy:
     
  11. TBLightningFan

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    Actually you wont believe this. The thing is suddenly gone. As I said before I was stuck working overnight and had resigned myself to probably losing that fish by the time I got home.

    I got home and could not find my dottyback. So I assumed he was sleeping. I woke up later in the morning and turned on the lights. (still didn't see him) I usually wait about 30 min until I feed them. I went back later to feed the tank... The dottyback came out and had quite an appetite and the thing was gone?!?!?!? The fish acted like nothing had happened.

    What do you suppose happened. I thought that once these got a hold of a fish it could be done for. I have never seen the dottyback approach the Peppermint shrimp. But if the dottyback had even bother to go to the Peppermint for assistance... could it have even "cleaned" something as big as an Isopod.

    Or could it be that the Isopod looks alot like an Aegid but it is another friendlier species that was just hitching a ride.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    could be ive heard that peppemints are cleaners ive got one and my tand seems to like him very much :)
     

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