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Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Fish Lice Treatment

There is a study in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health from the University of Florida that details a new fish lice treatment that is being developed.  It is a medicated fish  that kills the lice when the attach to the Koi.  There were fish lice treatments in the past, but they were toxic and are no longer available to the pond or aquarium enthusiast.  The new treatment targets the individual fish that is afflicted while leaving the rest of the pond unaffected.

Fish lice (Argulus) will grab onto Koi with a pair of suckers.  They then use a sharp probiscus to draw blood from the fish.  This damages the Koi and can cause an infection.  Sever fish lice infestations can even cause the fish to go anemic.

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