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RE: KillieTalk Digest V3 #885
Gary Harman-Hobbs wrote:
> My main interest is annuals, I have been told this parasite lives in the
> peat with the eggs is this true?
I don't know exactly where it resides in the peat, probably on the eggs, but
yes it certainly can be carried over from one generation to the next through
> If so what should I look out for as I never
> meet the people I exchange eggs or send them to would hate to pass it on
> after receiving it.
If the fish have it, the signs are usually fairly obvious. There has been
quite a lot of discussion about Glugea on this list so if you search the
archives you should dig up a lot of information about how to recognise it.
One would hope that hobbyists would not knowingly distribute infected fish
or eggs so you really just have to trust that that is the case but then take
precautions in the event that the fish or eggs were (unknowingly) infected.
These days I don't often bring anything but wild fish into my fish-room but
when I do get fish or eggs from someone or purchase something at an auction,
I always maintain them in quarantine until I am absolutely certain they are
not infected. This may sound like a lot of hassle but it isn't too bad
really. Just be very careful about what nets, hoses, etc. you stick into the
tank and what you do with them aftwards. Keep a bucketful of bleach in the
fish-room to disinfect everything.
> Are you more likely to get it if you receive eggs from
> certain countries?
No, I don't think so. I am fairly sure it came to the USA from Europe (more
than 10 years ago) but that doesn't mean that it is any more widespread
there now than anywhere else.
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Sask. S4S 0A2, Canada
Ph: (306) 584-9161 (home); (306) 585-4663 (work)
Fax: (306) 585-5433
E-mail: bwatters at sk_sympatico.ca
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