1Faculty of Fisheries, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi
2Faculty of Fisheries, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi 131000, Vietnam
3Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi 131000, Vietnam
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Neobenedenia girellae is one of the most pathogenic parasites affecting marine fish in captivity conditions. The use of chemicals for parasite prevention and treatment have several benefits; however, they can cause various negative side-effects. In an effort to discover cost-effective and sustainable practices, our current study was aimed at investigating the efficiency of freshwater treatments on N. girellae. A challenge test was conducted to produce infected fish which became materials for the freshwater immersion experiments. The duration and reaction of the parasites at different development stages from eggs to adult parasites were examined. Our findings revealed that 100% of the adults and oncomiracidia of N. girellae were killed quickly in freshwater. The eggs of N. girellae, however, were highly resistant to freshwater with a hatching success rate of more than 95% in all the freshwater immersion treatments (2, 5, 10 and 30min). The eggs hatched mainly on day 7 and finished hatching on day 8. Thus, the freshwater immersion method can be applied to treat N. girellae at most stages excepted for the egg stage. The best practical treatment for this parasite is to perform a replicated immersion recommended 8 days following the first treatment.
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