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Old 01-31-2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Found the Culprit

I started out w/ 2 fish 2 weeks ago and now down to one. My Royal Gramma died yesterday and had no idea why. I think I know why now, I found this on my Kole tangs tail this morning.

You guy have an idea what it is, I know its some sort of parasite
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Old 01-31-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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Well that might not have been it. I was watching him swim around and that thing fell off. I was able to retreive it and look at it closely, I see two eyes and a tail shaped like a mantis shrimp. Is it possible that it was a baby mantis along for a ride? It was on the tang for about 5 hours.
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Old 01-31-2004, 03:00 PM   #3
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Actually it's a parasitic isopod and could be the reason the gramma passed (being small) and why the kole is looking shabby. Keep tabs on any possible others you may find and remove when possible.

Can you post a pic of the kole?

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If you look in the middle of the first pic, you'll see the tail fin and the hichhiker attached (white dot)
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I was actually refering to a full view of the tang to see if there are any visible signs of other parasites or problems... :P

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The apperance of the tang looks great no parasite evidence at all. He continues to graze on the diatom but no other eating. I just put some seaweed select on a clip to see if he would hit that.

Other than the parasitic friend that he had this morning, he seems to look and act normal.

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Old 01-31-2004, 10:01 PM   #7
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This exactly what it was, I found this pic of an isopod on the web

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Does anybody know of a predator for these isopods? I found two more latched onto my Tang this morning.

What would be the best way of ridding these things from my tank?

I have a 10 QT setup if that would do any good. I thought maybe starving the things to death.

Any thoughts?
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I found this article by Ron Shimek on cirolanid isopods (your bug) that has some info about removing them... it's not an easy task.

http://www.reefs.org/library/article/clarke_shimek.html
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:25 PM   #10
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Thanks Kreach for the article,

Has anybody else had to deal w/ these little bugs?
It dosent look good, I'm just wondering how they were introduced to my tank.

The only things that have been put in the tank have been the LR, LS and 2 fish.
My guess is the LS
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