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Slug like creature on one of my Galaxy Rashora

Discussion in 'Tropical Fish Emergencies' started by Booju, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Booju

    Booju New Member

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    Afternoon all, Came home from work today to find a small slug like creature on one of my Rasbora and have zero idea what it is :/ I've taken the best pictures I can but its hard trying to photograph a small active fish lol.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Colin_T

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    Hi and welcome to the forum :)

    I can't tell from the image. Can you take some more pictures and check them on your pc. Make sure they are in focus and clearly show the parasite and then post them on here.

    It's possibly a leech or some sort of slug but I don't know of any black & yellow striped parasites that attack fish.

    Copper or salt normally kills worms, slugs & leeches.

    You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt), sea salt or swimming pool salt to the aquarium at the dose rate of 1 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water. If there is no improvement after 48 hours you can double that dose rate so there is 2 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

    If you only have livebearers (guppies, platies, swordtails, mollies), goldfish or rainbowfish in the tank you can double that dose rate, so you would add 2 heaped tablespoons per 20 litres and if there is no improvement after 48 hours, then increase it so there is a total of 4 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

    Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.

    The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria but the higher dose rate will affect some plants. The lower dose rate will not affect plants.

    After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that.
     
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    Thank you for your quick reply. Yeah I'm still trying to take a better picture but it's proving impossible lol.

    Currently in the tank there is:

    6x Neon Tetra
    5x Harlequin Rasbora
    4x Galaxy Rasbora
    1x BN Pleco
    1x L200 Green Phatom pleco.

    All the fish still seem fine and healthy and it's only the one galaxy Rasbora that has the issue/parasite.
     

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