Re: NANFA-- Bass parasites

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 12 Oct 2001 11:31:20 -0400

I've never tried this with a largemouth, but sometimes you can do the "play
chicken" salt bath trick with external parasites: prepare aged water with
salt added to it at least a day before up to about marine levels (3.5%
volume). With that solution in a small (10 gal.?) tank, place your infected
bass in it for about 30-60 minutes. The bass won't like it, but it has at
least short-term capabilities to osmoregulate in that severe environment.
The parasite, much less complex, won't be able to handle the salt stress and
should at least fall off quickly, if not die. This sounds severe, but has
the advantage of either working or not in a very short period of time rather
than putzing around with medications of variable efficacy and toxicity.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Does anyone have any advice or experience with parasites on Largemouth bass
>gill flaps? I really hate treating with medication but I'm not sure what
>else to do...any vets that deal with largemouth bass in the Cincinnati, OH
>Thanks all!

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