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Lionfish with large internal parasite!!
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mraila
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PostPosted: 2003.03.26(Wed)14:08    Post subject: Lionfish with large internal parasite!! Reply with quote

I have a lionfish with what seems to be an internal parasite, such as a tapeworm or something. The left side of the fish is bloated, and he doesn't eat much. I can see something moving in an S shaped pattern beneath the skin where the bloating is. Unfortunate, but fascinating. HELP! Exclamation
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PostPosted: 2003.03.27(Thu)12:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it could well be a parasite (there are saltwater tapeworms); another consideration is that the intestine could be knotted back on itself, causing a blockage (volvulus). Both will cause the enlargement. In general, tapeworms will not cause the animal to stop eating; it will continue to eat (sometimes even more than usual), but at the same time waste away and *lose* weight. The only thing I can suggest to you is to treat the food and water with an antiparasitic such as metrodiazole. This will be very hard on the fish, and I would use it only if you strongly believe it is a tapeworm still. If you believe that it is a blockage (more likely, I think personally), then starve the fish for at least a week and do water changes in between. The prognosis for either is not good, unfortunately.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.01(Tue)0:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piperazine is a very good drug for worms. You may need to get some from a veterinarian.
Your fish may simply have a hernia.
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