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Old 02-20-2004, 04:24 AM   #1
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Help something crawling on my fish

I was just looking at one of my Yellow tangs and noticed a white transparent looking creature crawling on dorsal fin (i thin dorsel is right) I have never seen this before nor do I know if it is bad or not if anyone knows what I am talking about let me know i am posting the pick of it its a little blurry but you can get the idea
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:36 AM   #2
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me personally I have never heard of something like that however I would probably try a Short FW dip or removing it with Tweezers if the FW dip didnt help.. It is most likely a parasite of some sort.. Someone else should be able to chime in a bit more and probably would have a better solution... How long has the tang been in the tank.. How recent was your last addition to the tank.. Are all fish QT for 4 weeks prior to being added to the tank..


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Thats an isopod, a blood sucking one. I'm battling them also, Ive read that the only way to get rid of them is to capture or starve. To starve them you have to go fishless for 6 to 8 months.

Go to search and type in isopod, you'll find threads on here.

This is one I captured, by the way I have rock from Mike also.
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This is what I have done successfully now for the past 2 weeks:

Every night I turn the light off for about a half hour then I turn it back on and check all the fish. If there are any isopods on them I do a freshwater dip and the pods immediately fall off. Although once there was a larger one on the fish that wouldn't let go so I put the fish on a wet paper towel and pulled the @$!! off with a pair of tweezers. The darker the isopod is, the more blood that he's sucked out of your fish. You can see the blood right through their shell(?).

I also did this every morning. In total I've captured and nuked 8 of them. (once I catch one I tend to leave it in the dish and throw it in the microwave for a few minutes. Just my way of getting back. I have not seen any in several days now, so I'm hoping that i got the last of them.


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Old 02-20-2004, 11:25 AM   #5
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I looked at the tang this morning and what ever it was fell off i will make sure to keep an eye out.. im hoping a crab got whatever it was thanks again for the feedback
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Old 02-20-2004, 02:33 PM   #7
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They will detatch when the lights come on. I have'nt seen any on my fish or in the tank in about 2 weeks. I started feeding flake food soaked in garlic, I'm thinking maybe the garlic is to strong for the pods liking. I'de like to know peoples thought on this theory.

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im hoping a crab got whatever it was thanks again for the feedback
To my knowledge there are no predators for these things.
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To my knowledge there are no predators for these things.
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I tend to leave it in the dish and throw it in the microwave for a few minutes
I have just designated myself, offical predator of isopods.

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I'll second that!!!
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are these all coming from the rock ya got from liverocks.com ???
if so i need to rethink what im gonna do with the 50 lbs i have coming to me !! i dont/cant be catching fish there is no way with out pulling out all the rock i have already !! my idea was i added another 55 gallon tank to my set up and was gonna let the rock sit in there for a few months to see what came out of it before i put in the main tank!! but its all on the same water !! might have to buy a rubbermaid and just run the 55 for awhile by its self :-(
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