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post #76 of 82 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Tap water nitrate results show 5ppm or less.

More on this past weekend. I found a couple fish looking pretty ratty with torn fins and generally looking beat up. I am fairly certain this parasite is killing my fish as I found a dead baby then a dead molly. This is when I spotted the parasite attached to a neon tetra. I was unable to catch the fish and noticed this fish missing the following day. The parasite has now latched onto a different fish. I am having a hell of a time catching fish with all the plants...any suggestions would be greatly welcomed. I am not panicking...yet!!!! But close to it.
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post #77 of 82 (permalink) Old 01-15-2019, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Before adding plants I would get an occasional sick fish here and there. Back then I could remove all decorations, drain water and snag the fish in question. Now with plants I have seen snails, worms, leeches, spring-tails, and this new thing...fish lice maybe? in my tank. Catching fish has become much more difficult with plants. I was thinking of removing the wood and netting off part of the tank in hopes to limit the swimming area. How do you guys catch sick fish with planted tanks without ripping everything out?
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How do you guys catch sick fish with planted tanks without ripping everything out?
With lots and lots of patience.... and more than one net
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With lots and lots of patience.... and more than one net
Ha, lol. Yeah...I had a buddy helping me, me with 2 nets him with 1 net and a wooden spoon...elusive they are!
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Update;
This parasite is taking out fish. Been another tough week and I am pulling out a dead fish almost daily. Very frustrating...makes me angry at the plants, smh.

As of last night I have lost 4 fish. I was not able to locate the parasite yesterday. Not sure if that is good or bad...is it possible it is dead? Living in tank but hidden...waiting to latch onto it's next victim?

Couple shots...sorry for the terrible quality of the parasite, this was not easy to get.

Can anyone confirm or deny if this is fish lice? It's the closest match I have found online.
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I have not been able to locate the parasite for several days. I also am no longer losing fish.

Plants look good overall. I'll post another tank shot...I did some more cleaning re-arranging after this pic was taken but things seem to have settled down, FINGERS CROSSED, for now. My only additional maintenance item as of late is throwing away 2 handfuls of red root floaters on a daily basis. Hate tossing perfectly healthy plants.
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Morning PT.

Not much to report. Everything seems to have settled down now. Plants are growing, algae isn't to bad, no sign of parasite, no dying fish.

I did pick up a Phosphate test kit.
Did a quick nitrate and phosphate test, Nitrate 30-40 range and Phosphate was 5.
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