Re: NANFA-- Fish parasites?

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 27 Oct 2002 10:09:33 -0500

I apologize to others on the list who've heard me suggest this external
parasite treatment. One option is a "salt dip" for freshwater fishes; make
up saltwater (~3.5 parts per thousand of salt in water) and put affected
fish in the water for 30-60 minutes. This will stress the fish, but it will
stress the parasites even more since their osmoregulatory capabilities are
much weaker. This approach spares the community tank from being treated.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: "Harry Collins" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: NANFA-- Fish parasites?
>Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 09:27:39 -0500
>I have several different types of native fish in an aquarium. I already
>treated the main aquarium with "Parasite Clear" from Junglelabs.
>This treatment seamed to rid the tank of most of the leeches, but not all
>them. The larger ones I had to remove manually from a Bluegill.
>There is still what I assume is a parasite on several of the fish. There
>appears to be a white "speck" probably 1mm or less in diameter on the fins
>my Pumpkinseed and Green Sunfish. I'm guessing this is "fish lice". I have
>only found these specks on the pectoral fins of the fish, no where else. I
>have a 10g tank that I've set up for treatment. What is the most effective
>method of ridding the fish of these pests? Also does the main tank need to
>I'd rather treat the parasites as they become visible rather than
>the entire tank. The tank contains invertabrates (crayfish & snails) as
>as plants, not to mention the biological filtration. I'm hoping that by
>treating individual fish I can disrupt the life cycle and spare the main
>of treatment.
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