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I have found a new bug. They remind me of those fuzzy carpet bugs. I do not think they are eggs. They are kind of see through. Now I have these on one plant. Do you know what they are? they don't seem to move.

Last week I got two gourami's because I was told that they would eat my black leeches.

 

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poke them. If they move, they'er bugs, if not, who knows.

Either way I would get rid of them.
 

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I would be screaming for another reason. :mad:

In the year and a half, that I have had the black leeches I have never seen these eggs before. I usually see the adults crawl to the top of the tank by at least a hundred. Then a week later I see this huge mass of tiny orange worms on the front glass. When I vac every other week I vac large amounts of the adult black leeches. I did not have the monthly die off of the adults leeches, this time.
I just put the eggs on a plate, nothing moved. I turned off the light and left the room. Came back in and saw two very very tiny orange worms. So these are my _ _ _ _ leeches.
I am due to vac on Sunday. I will look at each plant and squish what I can't vac.
I have used a few different chemicals (clout, fluke and copper) to no avail over the last year. I even bought the expensive copper safe for after.
I am thinking of getting a slightly bigger tank. I am pretty sure other then fish everything else has to go. I think the worst part of that is I just got over really bad Diatoms and GSA. I also just got a large amount Roak plants which I have soaking in Alum and PP that I don't want to contaminate.

Stage two and adult leeches:




 

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I guess I will try the Trichlorofon. If I can find it.
That article talks about fish leeches these are plant leeches, or at least they have never been on my fish. They borrow deep into the substrate, which makes them hard to kill.

Off to Google Trichlorofon ............................................................
 

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So now I am even more confused.

(dimethyl 2,2,2-trichloro-1-hydroxyethyl) phosphonate is Trichlorofon and is found in "fluke tabs" and several other fish meds.

I am not sure what the leeches in my tank feed on, but in these quantities it can not be good. Nobody can tell me really anything about my type of leech.

I have seen the Discus poke at the leeches when one got to close to their eggs. I think I might wait to treat with trichlorofon. Now that we have eggs above the substrate maybe the gourami's will eat the young. I did read that Trichlorofon has been used with Discus but the fish I worry about are the sids. I loose them more easily then other fish.
One article said to remove the plants and treat them with PP because trichlorofon can hurt the plants. I did use flukes tabs but only had a slight die off. It's like, how to get the med to the substrate without releasing the poisonous substance all substrate carry and can kill fish.
 

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I used the first dose of Trichlorofon. It instantly killed ever fish. Good thing I like plants can't efford to replace two adult breeding discus or the sids.
I still have leeches floating around after 10hrs of Trichlorofon. I am so upset ...................................
 
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