Fish Louse

alex0429

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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?
 

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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?
 

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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!
 
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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?
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?
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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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