Mortality and Treatment of Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatum) and Blood Red Parrot Cichlid Fish in Planarian Infestation

Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatum) and Blood Red Parrot Cichlid Fish in Planarian Infestation


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Authors

  • Şükrü ÖNALAN Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Fisheries Faculty, 65080-Van, Türkiye
  • Ahmet Sepil Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Fisheries Faculty, 65080-Van, Türkiye

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10553348

Keywords:

Fish parasites, Ornamental fish, Prophylaxis, Treatment, Mortality rate, Fish diseases

Abstract

Aquarium fisheries is an important sector in aquaculture, which is carried out for economic and hobby purposes. Diseases, particularly parasitic infestations, represent a significant economic challenge in this sector. Parasitic infestations have an important place in aquarium fish. Planarians are flatworms that can live in both freshwater and marine waters, appearing in many shapes and forms. In this study, mortality and treatment due to Planaria infestation in electric blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata) and blood red parrot cichlid fish were investigated. In a freshwater aquarium with a 400 liter capacity, housing of 13 fish with an average length of 12 ± 0.1 cm and a weight of 50 ± 1 g, the infestation of Planaria occured due to overfeeding and equipment contamination, resulting in a mortality rate of 60%. For the treatment of morphologically identified Planaria species, it was observed that the mortality was reduced and the development of the parasite stopped with the use of 3 mL/100 L FMC (Formalin-Methylene-Malachite) suspension. As a result of the study, it was seen that the water temperature was increased to 31oC after removing the infested fish from the aquarium in Planaria infestation and disinfection of contaminated tools and equipment after FMC (3.7 g / 3.7 g / L) application could get rid of the infestation.

Author Biography

Ahmet Sepil, Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Fisheries Faculty, 65080-Van, Türkiye

Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Fisheries Faculty

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2024-01-24

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ÖNALAN, Şükrü, & Sepil, A. (2024). Mortality and Treatment of Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatum) and Blood Red Parrot Cichlid Fish in Planarian Infestation: Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatum) and Blood Red Parrot Cichlid Fish in Planarian Infestation. Hydrobiological Research, 2(1), 7–11. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10553348

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