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Re: "Salt grains" on wild rams.


Seems like it would be pretty hard to get all of the spots.  They are 
covering some of my fish but are not on other rams.  When you treat the 
spots, have you done this on fish that are smaller than an inch?  Are there 
alternative methods of treating the spots for the medically clumsy.  I'm 
afraid that I'd poke and kill the fish.  What exactly are these worms and is 
there an intermediate host that you know of for them to reproduce?  I've 
thought of using a KMnO4 dip to try and get rid of these spots, but I'd have 
to put them right back into the same tank.  I'm out of room and don't have a 
seeded filter to transfer them to.  Any help would be appreciated.


>From: Mike & Diane Wise <apistowise@bewellnet.com>
>Reply-To: apisto@majordomo.pobox.com
>To: apisto@majordomo.pobox.com
>Subject: Re: "Salt grains" on wild rams.
>Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 09:03:23 -0600
>I don't know if they are the same, but I have seen similar large white 
>on fish - mostly pond raised livebearers. They are less like angular salt 
>than smooth dome shaped pimples. They encapsulate a small worm. These worms 
>not kill the fish unless there are many, many of them. These worms usually
>require 1 or 2 other hosts to complete their life cycle so it is next to
>impossible for them to infect other fish in the tank. I remove these worms 
>using a sterile needle to open the pimple and remove the worm. This is done 
>the fish is covered in a wet cloth. After removing the worm I disinfect the 
>with a little alcohol and return the fish to the tank.
>Mike Wise

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