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    Hey guys and gals, This is my very 1st post on this forum.

    I have an aquarium stocked with a black bass and several bluegille perch along with ... 5 or 6 craw fish..

    I've had my black bass for around 4 months.

    I need help though. one of my perch (3 years) in my tank, he just got killed by leeches. They just appeared and I cant stop them. there is litterally MILLIONS of tiny I mean you have to look close, but millions of little tiny white leeches all over my aquarium. they have now begun to attack my bass and everything else in my aquarium, they are like ticks stuck under the scales. and once they attatch themselves they grow fast. about a 1/4" long now on my bass. Its making me sick!!

    What do I do?? take my fish out and fill the water with salt? Diesel? Gasoline!?
    I will do anything to save my fish.

    Please help me guys, every minute is killin my fish.

    Note: I just noticed the tiny ones tonight. (Millions) there are several you can easily see on my bass. he's had them for 3 days now. perch had them for 2 weeks... what do I do??

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    are you sure theyre leeches?

    for starters, quarantine the fish in a new tank, and clean out the main tank with bleach

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoa_pleco
    are you sure theyre leeches?

    for starters, quarantine the fish in a new tank, and clean out the main tank with bleach
    They look and act just like leeches. they are stuck to the glass and wave around waiting to latch onto something. they stretch and contract just like leeches. but I looked at my glass for 5 minutes before I noticed em. they are so small. but the ones on my fish like I said are nearly 1/4" long already after 3 days. or I noticed them 3 days ago... but (sorry for the story) but once they get this size the tails split. they look like a "Y". and stop moving. the fish hates it. the bass tries to scratch em off on a rock I have on the bottom. he'll run his side across the rock several times in a row then stop.

    40 gal. pentagon tank btw. Its just infested with these things. thats what I get for stocking it with wild fish I know, but this is the 1st time in 3 years I've had a problem like this. I need to act fast.

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    ok so fill in the blanks on this bleach method... I take my fish out and put them in a separate tank of course.
    Drain all the water out of my tank I'm guessing. fill it with a bleach/water mixture say 5 gallons total. scrub the $@%#^ out of the glass and all of my rocks, artificial plans etc. rinse with water VERY good. wash everything off. refill with my normal method (fish safe) not sure what that stuff is called, but it works lol.

    my infected fish?? how do I treat them? I'm not gonna pull the leeches out of them and hope none of the little ones are still living off of them and re-infect my tank. I need to kill them but keep my fish healthy.... How do I do that??
    Cause I really dont wanna kill my fish. in 3 or 4 days they will all be dead if I dont help them...

    Please help guys.

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    I actually dont know for sure that this will work but most invertibrates are very sensitive to copper, you could try bleaching the tank and dosing the quarantine with copper to try to be rid of the leeches. Those fish will outgrow that tank super fast if they havent already. An adult male black bass will be about 16 inches. If its a female add 10 inches. Bluegills get much bigger then people think if they are fed properly. Keep that in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolingeffect
    I actually dont know for sure that this will work but most invertibrates are very sensitive to copper, you could try bleaching the tank and dosing the quarantine with copper to try to be rid of the leeches. Those fish will outgrow that tank super fast if they havent already. An adult male black bass will be about 16 inches. If its a female add 10 inches. Bluegills get much bigger then people think if they are fed properly. Keep that in mind.
    Oh I know trust me, I've got my share of large mouth on the wall. I'm an outdoorsman. not to be rude. I know how big these fish will get. I let them go when they get too large. I have a 4 acre stock tank on my property. thats where I get my fish. now the crawish however came from a creek. thats where the leeches came from from what can figure... Idk guys. I've never seen anything reproduce like these leeches. I did a water change.... a month agoish.

    and now these things are everywere... driving me crazy. I'll clean the tank tomorrow... the fish...

    how long can they live in salt water?? 10-12 minutes?? will they out live the leeches in salt water? Its bothering me... the fish are replacable, but I wanna try to save them all I can...

    thanks for the advice guys... I'll see what I can do

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    feeding ur fish garlic pellets, or regular pellets soaked in garlic will help. but that will work better as a preventative, so since u already have a large infestation i would recommend using some anti parasitic meds (most will be copper based), adding salt will also assist with treatment.
    as for how they got into your tank, my best guess is on live food. especially if it was wild caught. or have u sourced any water from a dam or creek or anything, cuz that would do it? or maybe they came in on a new plant?
    anyway. i wish you luck man, they sound nasty.

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    the fish will easily outlast the leaches in a salt solution, leaches AHTE salt, even if it dont kill them they will let go of the fish in seconds. also both black bass and bluegill will tolerate (maybe even prefer) brackish waters. the crayfish on the other hand probably wont do so well with high levels of salt. you could probably wash ur tank out with really salty water instead of bleach even =P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4 Cody
    Oh I know trust me, I've got my share of large mouth on the wall. I'm an outdoorsman. not to be rude. I know how big these fish will get. I let them go when they get too large. I have a 4 acre stock tank on my property. thats where I get my fish. now the crawish however came from a creek. thats where the leeches came from from what can figure... Idk guys. I've never seen anything reproduce like these leeches. I did a water change.... a month agoish.

    and now these things are everywere... driving me crazy. I'll clean the tank tomorrow... the fish...

    how long can they live in salt water?? 10-12 minutes?? will they out live the leeches in salt water? Its bothering me... the fish are replacable, but I wanna try to save them all I can...

    thanks for the advice guys... I'll see what I can do
    It isn't salt water. It is fresh water with salt in it. The salt will either make the leeches fall off or become so loosely attached that you can remove them without hurting the fish. A healthy fresh water fish can usually live a couple days in brackish water like that. Since yours aren't healthy it is hard to say, but they are going to die anyway from how you describe it.

    As a disclaimer, however, I am stating this from reading about it online. I have no first hand experience in the matter.

    EDIT: Many species thrive in brackish water and some more even require it. I know nothing about natives such as those fish, but it is possible they are brackish fish like the poster above said or implied.
    Last edited by jcarr71; 08-18-2010 at 07:56 AM.

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