water bug or parasite

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  1. SHAYNE

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    Howzit Guys hope all is well, i have what i think "might" be big problem....

    Heres my story, Well im used to seeing those little white bugs crawling on my tanks glasses not sure what they called but not really worried about them any more as my fish enjoy eating them and i noticed i get more and more every time i do water changes (nsw)?.

    Anyway last saterday i collected some local zoas and last night i noticed that one wasn't doing so well anymore so i reached in to remove it but as i turned it around i noticed lots and lots (20 to 30) of little bugs crawling around underneath the zoa so i checked the others and all of them have lots of little bugs that look like sea-lice or really tiny worms that crawl very fast. some small pieces of coral have up to 30 bugs under them, the corals are doing fine but i have noticed that my Sail-fin tang in darting around and suddenly shaking hes head as if he has some thing in his gills so now im worried!!! IT IS A PARASITE THATS HARMING MY FISH? any advice as to what they are, if they bad or how to get rid of them will be much appreciated.
     
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    Pods and Bristleworms?
     
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    they look like this

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    Tagging. Also think they are pods.
     
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    Good pods? bad pods? fish eating pods:biggrin:
    Are they harmless???
     
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    Might be sea lice. Wait for the pro's to reply. If they are pods it's a good sign that your tank is doing well.
     
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    amphipods and copepods *im sure youll have both, do a google on em*

    basically very good to have and most pods eat is algae, great for a tank and inturn they feed fish, especilaly things like wrasses and gobys.

    Your sailfin shaking his head could be any number of reasons, but i am pretty certain its not from pods gettiong to his gills. I assume you dont run ozone, so it could be an environmental indiactor such as high nitrates iratating the gill plates or some inetrnal parasite, but not pods.

    whats your SG
     
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    Thanks Crispin, i googled amphipods and copepods and you right, so im glad they a good thing, Thanks guys:thumbup: but now im still worried about my fish
    No ozone yet coz dont understand what exactly it is or does:blush:
    Nitrates are 0 and SG is 1.025.
     
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    Might even be whitespot. What does the fish look like?

    Whitespot sometimes isnt noticable until the last stages.
     
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    Pods are good. Too many can irritate fish. If there are too many, the pre-adult stages will attach to fish, this will lead the fish to display similar behaviour to ich. If it is ich, and your fish is still eating, raise your temp to around 29, do it over a 48 hour period. The tomite stage cannot survive in water above 27.5 degrees. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks guys:peroni:
    Very helpfull info there Dave:thumbup:
     
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    My pleasure. let us know the outcome!

    Dane

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