The effects on short freshwater bath treatments on the susceptibility to different stages of neobenedenia girellae infecting Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)

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). |

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