Fish Louse

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by alex0429, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. alex0429Valued MemberMember

    I found a fish louse on my betta and I've been reading that I should take it off with tweezers. And if it's an open wound to treat it. But I'm not comfortable doing that cuz I don't wanna hurt him. It's on his stomach area. Is there a better way to treat this without using sharp objects? And how can I prevent more coming back?
  2. DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    You could try a salt bath. Hopefully being in salty water will cause the louse to detach or at least loosen a bit and you can gently pull it off. Don't worry too much about causing a lot of damage when pulling it off, I had to remove 4 anchor worms from a betta and he recovered just fine.

    Can you post a pic so I can see where it is?
  3. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Oh yes! Please post pic! Cute little beggars. It’ll gross my hubby out. I like to pull them off and swab with hydrogen peroxide. Nasty little egg layers. Best wishes!
  4. alex0429Valued MemberMember

    I manages to take it off with the tweezers. But here it is after. There was only one in the entire tank but should I worry about more anyway? 20180418_224901.jpg
  5. DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    Just keep an eye out. Hopefully its the only one. Usually if you catch external parasites early then they don’t come back after removing them by hand.

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