Latin name: Trichodina Other names: Pathogen:
A protoazan Trichodina which uses a ring of hooks to hold onto the fish,
Fish itch (fish scratch on the rocks and other objects),
Heavy slime production,
Affected fish start rubbing or scratching on hard objects and show fin twitching. They develop growths on skin and secrete excessive mucous.
Diagnosis of the skin infection caused by Trichodina is difficult. In reality, Trichodina is not a parasite. The mouth of this protozoan is on the opposite side of the fish. Trichodina absorbs bacteria and isolated cells of the destroyed tissues. That is why it often manifests itself as a secondary infection which accompanies many skin diseases. This protozoan uses a ring of hooks to hold onto the fish’s flesh and thus causes skin irritation. This results in thickening of the skin and excessive production mucous on which the parasite feeds. If another infection has already caused thickening of the skin, Trichodina will get deep into the mucous membrane using its ring of hooks.
How to cure:
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