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Old 06-11-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Leeches in tank

Just been cleaning out water in the tank and after emptying old water into the bath i found what looks like a leech :/ anyone know what it is and had them before? Cheers
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Defiantly a leech, probably came in on plants or something
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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Ah ok cool, Can they affect fish in any wa
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Not sure about in the aquarium since fish are small, but I believe they can feed on larger fish in lakes, ponds and rivers
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Not sure about in the aquarium since fish are small, but I believe they can feed on larger fish in lakes, ponds and rivers
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They also spread pathogens to your fish and give them good sized welts. It'd be best to get rid of them completely.
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Ive only just found one tonight and iv not seen any more in there or seen them in there before, should i just keep a look out for them?
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Ive only just found one tonight and iv not seen any more in there or seen them in there before, should i just keep a look out for them?
Definitely be on the lookout
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If you found two there's probably a lot more. I have one of my tanks infested with them however, luckily the ones I have don't bother my fish or shrimp, they are generally OK with eating plant matter n food debris.
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I do have a different variety then u do too.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #10
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If there's a single leech, there's definitely more! Leeches are true hermaphrodites and a single leech can produce a slew of fertile eggs. I suggest closely inspecting your filter media and housing, any plants and rocks/decor. The eggs look like little football shaped sacs that will be firmly attached to whatever surface you find them on.
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