Dude, the whole point of a feeder tank is to not feed your fish the diseased feeders that die during quarantine...
channafreak said:Wow... thats a serious case. I wish I had some photos of the "jaws" of some of these nematodes. Modified drill bits at best. The kind of dammage they can do is unbeleivable. There is another worm in the Acanthocephala group. They have "spiney heads" that are retractable on a proboscis. They can bore into vital organs quite easily as well. The complexity of the family is inspiring when you consider the lifecycles and resiliance.
Was your acestro alive when the nematodes were exposed?
After reviewing this one more time I can see my flaw in explanation. In the wild fish are exposed to parasitic worms regularly because in nature the parasites have means for perpetuation through various hosts. In an aquarium however the intermediate hosts are not present and usually dissapear without the proper lifecycle to be fully met. (usually but not always, the parasite has to be reinjested by other fish from waste where nematodes are excreted) You were definatly correct in pointing this out ace. I was thinking it and didnt type it. A vast majoraty of aquatic creatures out there live with these types of parasites as part of a natural ecosystem. Doing but minimal if any real dammage to the fish at all. Some do considerable dammage and kill the host eventually like the cestodes, but ill be dammed if you could catch a cod out there and not find several nematodes living within the fish. That acestro paper sounds like an interesting read if you got it.acestro said:It was alive. The treatment killed the fish. I've had other aces have this happen and survive, they're very weird that way. There are papers just one acestro parasites, they've found a way to live with them.
I had a pic through a microscope of a nematode up close, it was wicked! It was one that infected watersnakes.
Unfreeze that bitch up!!acestro said:I'll try to dig up some parasite papers...
Not aces but here's two (one was shown to me by Frank, both a piranha related). No easy access to the ace parasite pics, and my laptop (currently frozen) has the incredible pics of the parasites coming out of the sides of the body.