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Old 09-28-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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I got bitten by an Isopod

Last night I found some more Isopods in my tank. I thought that I had gotten most of them out. The ones that I had been finding have been a little less than 1/4 of an inch long. But last night I caught one that is about 1/2 inch long. Anyways, I put it into a zip lock bag and had the bag resting on the palm of my hand while I was taking a closer look at the little bugger. When I went to put the bag down I discovered that it was stuck to my hand! The Isopod had bitten through the bag and was feasting on me! I'm hoping that maybe this one was a female and all of the other ones have been her offspring.
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:52 AM   #2
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Why are you getting rid of them man, they are great things to keep in your tank. They serve as good food source for the fish.
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Yep...copepods and rotifers too.
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Old 09-28-2004, 11:12 AM   #4
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I believe he has cirolanid isopods, predatory and not a good thing
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They are Cirolanid Isopods, they eat the fish not the other way around.
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Old 09-28-2004, 11:26 AM   #6
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Good luck in your Cirolanid hunt. I recently went through this myself, however I only had two large ones in my tank, and no fish to feed them. These things are pretty aggressive and many people have been bit by them. I was really careful about handling them to make sure I did not get bit. This one fell in front of my tank and was scooting around out of the water:



I burned it with a knife I heated up on the stove:

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Those look like sea lice (also a member of the Isopoda) on a smaller scale. Sea lice are parasitic on the gills of croaker and red fish.
There are some species of isopods that aren't parasitic on fish and can be beneficial nutritionally.
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Nasty little buggers. How do you plan on erradicating them?
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Is that a really big knife or are these things incredibly tiny?

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Is that a really big knife or are these things incredibly tiny?
Both The one on the knife is pretty small, maybe 1/4 inch long. The knife is pretty big too...

Here is one I caught that was roughly half an inch long. No size reference for this once, but it was big enough to freak me out:

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