Isopod in dussumieri tang's mouth

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  1. CheriS

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    I noticed tonight in my tang's mouth, there is a tongue eating parasite. How do I get rid of this? Can it be killed by medication?
     
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    I can get one from the internet that looks exact, but I'm afraid it's almost impossible to take a photo of the fish or catch it!
     
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    Looks exactly like this..

    Parasitic_Isopod_Cymothoa_exigua_7.jpg
     
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    Something from a horror movie. Checked the net too and not much info on how to cure but by removing it manually but that was externally and not in the fishes mouth maybe the experts could advise
     
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    I was thinking the same when I read up on it. Also just saw the manual removing. But I don't know hey, internal might do a lot of damage.
     
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    Just pm a link which could help the guy had a similar situation
     
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    Freshwater dip?
     
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    Agreed. if you can catch the fish then this is your best bet. I would do an initial dip of 30 seconds, if they are still attached after this then you can go up to 2 or 3 minutes.
     
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    Ok I will try that. Thank you all for the advice!
     
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    Video, please!? :rolleyes:

    For educational purposes of course.
     
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    Fresh water dip!! Removing it manually with your hand will do more damage. Even a 2%, 15 min, formaldehyde dip with your tank water (oxygenate the water) will be more effective.
    Very interesting parasites those, some found on whales are the size of your hand.
     
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    I would not do a freshwater dip it is unlikely to kill that as they can live for hours out of water, im not sure what one should do but it is now attached to where the tongue was.IT may have also be feeding of the blood supply of the fish tongue which it has replaced

    I had one which killed a crosshatch trigger female a couple of years ago, it was unable to get to the trigger tiny mouth so got stuck in the gill area.

    [​IMG]
     
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    True! Out of water being the key here. But did you try a fresh water dip. The osmopotential would kill any salt water Arthropod to a fresh water Arthropod. Ever dump a cleaner shrimp in RO?
     
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    Ugh. Don't know! How about try kill the parasite in it's mouth with a sharp object or squeeze it dead with a tweezer and let it come loose on it's own? Obviously not touching the fish or hurt it's mouth,just the parasite..

    Yes I saw on google how big they get! Freaky :eek:
     
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    how long have you seen a cleaner shrimp live out of water? 5 minutes max this thing lived for hours outside the water its tough as nails unless one physically removes it , the fish may then even bleed to death. I did not do a freshwater dip but am sure it would have survived much longer than the fish would have.
     
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    Dude, are you trying to argue with a (and I try to never pull rank here) MSc graduate of fish arthropod parasites, please don't give advice before actualy knowing what you are talking about.
     
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