Anchor worm

nvet
nvet Member Posts: 9
edited December 2009 in Emergency Room
Hi Everyone
I think we have problems with anchor worm in our 80L tank. Contained 2x chequered rainbows, 2x splendida rainbows & a few rummynose tetras plus dracula an upside down catfish that is seen once a month if you are lucky. My son was given about 30 rainbows from the local river (Namoi River) by fisheries guys who were surveying local fish & about 10 went straight into this tank. Within weeks the rainbows started developing what appears to be anchor worm - white worm like structure approx 10mm long hanging off the body with often ulceration around the area. We have killed one chequered & one splendida but the fluviatalis often survive. My research said that anchor worm are actually a crustacean & suggested Dimilin as a treatment. I think Dimilin is used as an insecticide in the cotton industry but does anyone know if its available elsewhere? Are there any other suggestions. Thanks.
That will teach us to quarantine.

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  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Always wise to Quarantine,
    Here is a link to treatment http://www.koi.net.au/ailments.php#Anchor_Worm
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  • nvet
    nvet Member Posts: 9
    The link to the koi site refers to a proprietary treatment but doesn't say what it is. Any ideas?

    Thanks
  • tin
    tin Moderator Posts: 529
    That Dimilin stuff is apparently properly known as "diflubenzuron", if that helps (and it's apparently made by Chemtura, at least in USA). It's an Insect Growth Regulator, so I guess it could be used in cotton production. No idea if it's either safe for use in an aquarium or if it would kill any kind of worms.

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  • nvet
    nvet Member Posts: 9
    Thanks Tin
    Digging in the bottom of a box I found "Para-Gone" which is Trichlorfon for the treatment of most external fish parasites. It is only 7yrs out of date so I thought I would give it a go. Tablets did not want to dissolve but 24hrs later they have not appeared to harm the fish. I did remove the upside down catfish before starting the treatment!
    I'm at Narrabri. Chatting to the local National Parks boss he seemed surprised the fisheries guys found fluviatalis rainbows in the actual river. Only have 5 left but thay have coloured up subtley.
  • tin
    tin Moderator Posts: 529
    Well there you go - there are at least 2 Narrabri users on here then <!-- s:laugh5: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/haha4.gif" alt=":laugh5:" title="laugh5" /><!-- s:laugh5: -->