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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-06-2006, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation URGENT...please HELP!

I believe I have a parasite problem! I noticed little white "parasites" swimming around in the aquarium with my betta Trance.So it freaked me out,I moved him to another what was empty tank & the parasites are back! Both tanks were cleaned prior to...Trance must be carrying the parasite?? That would be common sense...
HOW do I fix the problem?
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Do they look like little worms? It might be planaria and if that's the case they are pretty harmless . Test the water to make sure there's no ammonia and nitrates aren't that high. If the water parameters are normal then it could be a case of over-feeding or not vacuuming the gravel enough.

But like I said, planaria are harmless so don't freak out .

Also, I've heard of people getting mosquito larvae in their aquariums where the water is still.




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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-06-2006, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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But one keeps "clinging" to one of Trance's fins?

Over feeding MAY very well be the problem, OH & yes the water is still,since I still never got that filter yet [will friday,I have to pick up quite a few things then!]
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Well, planaria tend to drift around so it would make sense for it to be clinging to your fish if it bumped into him.

I think that by performing a large water change, vacuuming the gravel, getting a filter, and severely limiting food you could easily get rid of them.

Is there a way you could get a picture? I realize they are probably small but it would help.

Watch your fish for signs of illness just in case.

The only other worm-like parasites I can think of are anchor worms. Google them and see if that's what you have. Because they would attach to the fish. The most common symptom is for the fish to start rubbing against decorations and things.




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Ok as you can see I could not get even a decent picture =X
The tank [temporary] looks all scratched also,& that along with horrid lightning.Nope >_<

That white smudge by his fins is suppose to be the "parasite",looks much bigger on cam. In reality its not a big thing,tiny worm like thing that I think you guessed right.My betta dont seem ill.

I really think he was just over fed =( .
I'll start preparing his aquarium again (I throwed out all the water thinking it was some infectious thing before I put him in the other aquarium two days ago ) Sorry for being idiotic.I just have to remember the poor fishies stomach is only as big as its eye
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Hehe, it's ok. Most people freak out when they see planaria. I had a couple little worms once over the summer from people over-feeding while I was gone. I did a water change and limited food and they quickly disapeared.

What size tank do you have? So it doesn't happen again maybe you can get some bottom-dwelling tankmates once you have your filter. Some shrimp or cory cats would be helpful with eating un-eaten food just in case you feed a bit too much .




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Thank you X's a million!
He lives in a 10gallon...I'll definately do that
The evil little things almost gave me a heart attack
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add aquarium salt to your tank it will kill them.
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Thanks for the suggestion =D !!
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I had parasites before,but they were not worms and it was years ago.

Dawna had worms tho too and they ended up killing off her fish,she had guppies at the time!





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THEY are the same things that killed my last betta and guppies a long while ago!! WORMS!! They will kill the fish and most times you NEVER know they are there until it is a bit too late and it is infested with them...and the fish end up dying...

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My betta is fine now It was planaria,& me being not-so-smart

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Well Im glad he is all better! thank goodness.

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I got planaria in my pond...and caught it too late...ALL of my goldfish died.. THEY WERE MY LOVES!! 2 were 6 years old, 1 was 5, 1 was 3 and one was 2...*cries*

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