Do parasites need hosts to survive?

Discussion in 'Diseases' started by mulder32, Dec 27, 2010.

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  1. mulder32

    mulder32 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Thanks--I kind of figured that. When I saw the scratching I knew something was up. Do you think a freshwater dip is even worth it at this point?
     
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  3. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    It's really a matter of weighing the stress of a FW dip vs the effect of the parasites.
     
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Nope it will just stress the fish and it will become re-infected once you put it back in the display. If all is lost it can not hurt to try but that is a hard choice. If the fish begins to breath heavy than that is a sign that it will not last much longer dipping it may offer some relief but only temporally.

    Wish I had better news sorry. :-/
     
  5. mulder32

    mulder32 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    That's OK. I guess I have to decide tonight if I should just net him and give him the burial at sea or wait until tomorrow morning and get him when he's dead.
     
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    TheSaltwaterGuy Banned

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    well i guess euthanization is the only thing to do IMO. My chromis had a fungus that i cudnt get rid of so i just euthanized... ends their suffering so i guess its better
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yea I would wait until he either starts breathing heavy or show a physical infestation of the parasites again. Fish have been able to pull through when they are only scratching and not eathing.
     
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  9. mulder32

    mulder32 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Well, when I timed his breathing about 30 minutes ago, he was taking 100 breaths per minute.