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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-21-2020, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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HELP unknown mites on pleco

I am currently treating a male bristlenose pleco for a bacterial infection in a 10 gallon tank with API erythromycin. Today I noticed he appeared extremely agitated and had very small brown spots on him. I was able to get one and look at it under my microscope, I swear the thing attached to my finger while I was holding it. It was brown, kind of teardrop shaped, had 8 legs, and two fang like mouth parts. I will try to post pictures. Any help with identification and treatment would be extremely appreciated.
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10-20

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-21-2020, 07:16 PM
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That is a water mite.

I'm not aware of any specific treatment for water mites. A formalin or permanganate bath might work: https://www.algone.com/aquarium-fish-dips-and-baths
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That's what I was leaning towards. Thank you very much!
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