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Fish Louse

SYMPTOMS:

  • Rubbing on substrate or décor
  • Clamped fins
  • Visible parasites about 5mm in diameter under the skin on the body of the fish

The fish louse is a flattened mite-like crustacean about 5 mm long that attaches itself to the body of fish. They irritate the host fish which may have clamped fins, become restless, and may show inflamed areas where the lice have been.

TREATMENT:

With larger fish and light infestations, the lice can be picked off with a pair of forceps. Other cases can best be done with a 10 to 30 minute bath in 10 mg per litre of potassium permanganate. Or treat the whole tank with 2 mg per litre, but this method is messy and dyes the water.

       

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