Leeches In Your Aquarium: What To Do If You See One On Your Fish

Leeches are a parasitic worm that attach to the skin of host animals. They feed on their blood. They are close relatives of earthworm. Most leeches live in freshwater. There are a few species that can be found in marine systems. A veterinary professional must make a correct identification for the eradication of leeches. Small leeches can not be noticed until they grow in size. They can affect fish by draining their blood vessels. Loss of blood can be indicated by pale gills, lethargy, increased respiration, and the urge to hang around oxygen sources. Leeches can only reproduce sexually. They cannot heal pieces of their body. Two leeches must be present to reproduce. If you are unsure about the identity of the parasites, you should consult a veterinary doctor. If they see a leech on your fish, prompt removal is the best treatment. Once removed, throw the leech outside the aquarium. It does not attach to another fish. The most common leech carriers are wild-caught fish. Quarantine all new individuals for 4-6 weeks in a separate, isolated system. Use separate equipment for all systems. Do not allow water from one system to splash into another. Always keep a close eye on your new fish. . . .

Tags: Animals/ Wildlife/ Fish/ Aquarium/ Marine/

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