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  1. Hey everyone, I Have been treating my tank as shown in my journal pre-emptively for internal parasites simple because of lethargy and fish not really behaving the way I thought they normally should. I did recently add some otos as well, added directly to the tank because I knew I was going to treat everything shortly. So, that being said I did round 1 of paracleanse. On the 12th was when I did the WC and when I was giving the fish a break. That being said it's 5 days later and I just was looking at the amano shrimp Zoeys floating and I saw several worms in the water column. I can't identify them, I can't take a photo reliably and get a clear shot to ask for help but they are about 1/2" long and not on the glass. They don't look like detritus worms that I've seen before, smaller. I assume these were internal to the fish and a treatment would take care of them? I plan to follow up with a round of expel-p as well. Should I start the next round of paracleanse tomorrow for the sake of getting rid of these guys or do I need to wait 1.5 more days? What would you do? Would you add salt whenever the next round of meds are added? I really appreciate it, first time for me on this one and I definitely am not excited I found the worms Update, thankfully, I did manage to capture it. Update #2: Re-reading this. https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/fish-parasites Looks like I'm scheduled to wait 8-9 more days before adding more meds. Not sure what to do here. 😞
  2. Hey guys! New member here but long time viewer and supporter of Aquarium co op. I come to you guys with something I’m kind of freaking out about the past few days. I noticed my albino hoplo catfish had something white and worm looking hanging out of its anus about 3/4 of an inch long. I noticed it 3 days ago and it’s still there looking exactly the same. Photos are a bit blurry since it was so close up but it’s there. Can anyone tell me exactly what I’m dealing with here? Tapeworm partially hanging out? Something else? He’s acting normal and eating fine but yet that’s been sticking out for days.. any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
  3. Originally I thought my silvertips were bullying on of their kind into stress and not eating until it wasted away. They did bully it, and it withdrew and hid away from the rest, not getting as good feeding opportunities. Now having had the fish for about a year, another one of the silvertips is wasting away. This time I have managed to catch and isolate it, along with another one that was exhibiting some odd behavior, seemingly the beginning of wasting away and withdrawing. Oddly enough the fish that was only starting to show the signs of something being wrong ended up worse after isolation. Maybe the stress of being captured and lifted out (it was an easy catch, no chasing, just scooping it out) was too much and the fish just lay on the bottom of the isolation unit and has later died. Water parameters (using a test strip so it's not exactly accurate): NO3 25 NO2 0 GH 6 KH 6 CL2 0 pH 6,8 - 7,0 (I have a CO2 system and monitoring system that automatically opens the valve to adjust the pH) Temp 22,3 - 23,5 degrees C or 71,6 - 73,4 F (I have a Fluval heater that shows the temperature at the back (hotter), and the other reading is from the temperature sensor of the CO2 computer near the electrode at the front) Overall the symptoms I have been able to catalogue are isolation, emaciation, stringy poo hanging from the fish, dragging their tail when swimming, swimming near the surface, not being able to swallow food (the really skinny ones still went for the food, they just spat it out almost immediately) and lack of appetite (before isolation) on the one fish that died after isolation. In addition to the fish that clearly have been sick, it appears some of the silvertips are not growing even nearly as well as others. After about a year some are over twice the size of others. Which could also be something to do with parasites leeching away nutrients. The tank is fairly large 525 liters (115,5 gallons) by outer measurements, but due to plants and rocks and driftwood the internal volume is a fair bit less. As far as I can tell, invertebrates and armored catfish and loaches tend to react negatively to parasite medication. I'm not that attached to the snails in the tank sentimentally, but obviously I'd like to avoid killing them if possible. Also there is the dread of about 10 billion malaysian trumpet snails rotting and polluting the water in the tank. I also have some cories and 3 albino spotted hoplos in the tank, and those I definitely don't want to lose. I also have a 15+ years old kuhlii loach I'd like to keep among the living. Now, what to do? Fritz ParaCleanse doesn't appear to be available in my country. Esha -ndx is generally well recommended but might be harmful to the armored catfish. I could always just treat the sick fish separately, but that is just putting out fires instead of actually improving the conditions of the fish that most likely are all already affected by the parasites. On that topic, is it species related or should I assume all fish irrespective of species are infected? Sorry if this is a bit of a mess, I tried to give all the relevant info I could think of. I'll give more if needed, obviously. The image is very much out of focus but I just couldn't get the camera to focus on the small fish that kept moving. As far as I can tell the skin is fine and healthy, It's more of an indication of behavior and overall wasted condition. Seems I can't add the gif to this post, I keep getting an 'unknown error' notification. So I attached a blurry still from a blurry video instead... The color on the image is off, the fish is silvery in real life.
  4. Ph: 7.4 Hardness: 9-10 KH: 7-8 (the dropper was giving me half drops at some points) Temp. : ~67 F Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0-5 ppm (All parameters from the QT tank) Some backstory: Friday I went to my LFS and got a couple pygmy cories. One of them was looking a little bad when the employee got them out of the tank (as in the others were swimming and that one was practically half-buried under the gravel in the breeder box). When I pointed this out, the guy gave me it for free. Fast forward that night, I could find everyone but him, and found him "resting" in the middle of a vallisneria crown, not moving an inch except slightly moving his tail. His fins were down and clamped when on the ground and looked absolutely terrible. And I mean terrible. Of course, I panicked and set up a quarantine tank out of an old tank I had sitting around and popped an old sponge filter & some sponge from my HOB on the main tank. The QT tank is in the restroom which means its only about 65 F and I netted the very lethargic cory and dropped him in. I also put 2 tbs of aquarium salt in for good measure (the QT tank is 10 g) since I heard that those symptoms- skinny, lethargic- usually match internal parasites. The thing is the new fish really didn't eat that much so I never got to see any glimpse of white poop. Right now I don't have access to anything online because Amazon's business days start on Monday so I went to my LFS to get some general cure but they were out. I ended up getting some frozen bloodworms instead, something I never fed my fish and figured the cory would take to. Unfortunately the cory now is just sitting in random spots, barely moving except his tail and pretty much discolored. He also sometimes just leans a little sideways. Doesn't help that the QT tank is cloudy but he really just looks terrible. I want to get a medication but after hearing that general cure sometimes doesn't work, I really don't know what meds to get, there's so much. Praziquantel in Paracleanse, Levamisole in Expel-P, and god knows what else is out there. Also don't really expect him to recover. Anything you guys recommend doing? also forgive me for the really bad quality pictures I have, this wouldn’t even allow me to post the video I have of the Cory wiggling. The top one is a relatively fine Cory I have compared to the bad one at the bottom.
  5. So this has happened in my tank before and I just recently upgraded to a bigger tank. I have an electric blue crayfish and about a year ago I had this issues with white little worms all over the tank glass. Some people suggested it was just paragonimus and that it was normal for a crayfish but I had not had a problem before. After using some parasite cleaner and being very thorough with water changes they went away. this morning I fed my crayfish some blood worms and yesterday I cleaned her tank fresh so there was no other food in there until this morning and I noticed when I got home they are back and this is the first time this has happened in a year!!!! the last time this happened I was feeding her a lot more blood worms and now I only feed her them once in awhile. Could the blood worms be causing this? and if so what other sources of protein could I feed her to avoid parasites like this because I was planning on adding a snail into the tank to help with algae since she has had no issues with snails in the past.
  6. Hello! My betta has recently been acting a bit strange--she's been lethargic, breathing heavy, and rubbing her gills against decorations in the tank. This morning I noticed this red, worm-like entity sticking out from under her gills and am now concerned that it is a potential parasite. Has anyone seen this before? Some background: I've had her for about 3 weeks and she lives in a planted tank with a bulldog pleco I added about 3 days ago (he seems to be doing ok) I feed her Omega One betta pellets and occasional frozen blood worms The tank is kept between 79°F and 80°F There is an airstone for added oxygen Water parameters: Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm KH: 0 ppm GH: 30 ppm pH: 6.5 Thank you!
  7. Greetings all! I'm really hoping the collecting knowledge & experience here can figure this out. I'm stumped The basics: these are "green lightning" platies. I have four in a 10 gal hospital tank, separated when I realized they had a problem. It started with a small black spot on top of one's head and I started researching it. Soon after I noticed all four of these same type (no other platies in main tank) were looking ratty and I moved them out. That was weeks ago and things have slowly gotten worse. I have tried treating with Melafix first, then added Pimafix to a daily alternating schedule, no improvement. I later noticed a few little while spots on one tail and then switched to ich-x for several days now. They've all four just continued getting worse and now there are black spots on one or two of the others, one having very pale and scraggly looking scales with red showing through... My first question is if they can even be saved. Their activity and appetite are unchanged and totally normal still, which made getting any useful pics difficult. I'm attaching the best I could manage. I've regularly checked water params and all are normal, and did a 50% water change last night as part of the ich-x instructions. Here's the current... very soft water params. Seems I'd forgotten to check more than the API master kit does. Will start trying to figure out how much SeaChem Equilibrium the tank needs. I have a RO/DI system for tank water. Tank size: 10 gal Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 0 Hardness: 0-25ppm Buffer: 40ppm PH: 6.8 Now that I see the water is so soft, could that be hurting or preventing their recovery? Any recommendations on how to adjust the hardness/buffer/ph without doing a chemistry experiment? I tried the Equilibrium in the main tank once and the hardness went to what I wanted (I think) but the PH shot to 8.4+, which I did not expect... I've let that come back down on it's own from water changes. Hopefully I've included enough info. Any and all help is appreciated.
  8. Hello, For several months I’ve been battling some sort of parasite. Guppies get skinny and die one after another. Included is 1 neon tetra and 1 purple rasbora. They’re both really skinny and can’t gain weight. Some fish have become skinny and lethargic but bounced back. Many have died. Things I’ve tried: general cure (2x), prazipro (2x), levamisole (3rd round), medicated food with general cure and epsom salt to promote passing the parasites. Multiple cleanings a day with Turkey baster removing poop, daily water changes around medication schedules. Aquarium salt almost constantly. Now keeping water clean and watching after last levamisole treatment. Meds were spaced out a week or so each. Feeding: bbs, bloodworms, frozen brine, 2 different flakes, live black worms when available, some sort of frozen medley for tropical fish. tank parameters : ph: 8.0-8.2 temp: 78° ammonia, nitrites: 0ppm nitrates: <40ppm always Gh, kh: 4°, 6° no decor, bare bottom tank. Sponge filter. I think the levamisole did some good as all but 3 fish are plumping up. Those 3 were extremely skinny though. Any other suggestions? Should I separate the skinny ones?
  9. I have this angelfish with some kind of parasitic infection. I think it could be hextemia from the small signs of hole in the head. Right now hes lying on his side at the bottom of the tank. Hes progressing quite fast, yesterday he was swimming just fine and now idk if i has the strength to swim. I moved him to my hospital tank where i was going to start treatment. The only parasitic infection treatment availble to me (live in Canada) is the fritz mardel parashield. Its quite expenive $30CAD. I dont want to spend the money if it wont work, do you think its too late? Do you think he'll die? Im surprised he survived the night😪.
  10. Hello! I am planning to use levamisole to treat Eptylis and is wondering how long should I treat my QT for. On the instruction page, it's suggesting me to only do it for 2 days and leave the medication in the aquarium on the 2nd day to be gradually removed at the next water change. I know that this is a very strong medication but I am wondering if this is the most effective way to do. I am open for any suggestion
  11. Hello! Should I use salt baths or starve out holtodrilus worms? This article from aquariumbreeder says that they are potentially harmful and affected shrimp should be treated with salt. This article from garnelenhaus says that they are mostly harmless and will starve to death on their own in the "comparatively sterile environment of an aquarium". Four days ago I spotted one shrimp with a worm on its head. I had success with a heavy salt bath and making the worm release (1 tbsp/cup, and the worm released within 20 seconds or so). The shrimp seems to have survived the bath just fine. But, today, I've spotted another one. As the baths are probably still stressful for the shrimp, I'm inclined to just wait it out if advisable to do so. These are on a new batch of red cherry shrimp. Everyone seems to be doing just fine otherwise so far (almost 3 weeks now). They have been squatting in a spare tank before introduction into my main tank. Phew--glad I didn't skip it this time. Thanks in advance!
  12. Okay, so over the past few months, my fish have been healthly, but I always noticed them rubbing their sides against the sand (guppies, cories, and algae eaters). I also had a bristlenose pleco and a pearl gourami in the aquarium, but they didn't rub themselves against the sand. Two days ago, the pleco suddenly died, but everyone else in the tank was fine. Just yesterday, the gourami stopped eating and only swam around in a small area in his aquarium. Yesterday night, I noticed something hanging out of him that wasn't feces. I think it's a parasite. Does anyone know of any medications I can use to get rid of this parasite? I watched a video by Cory on Fritz Paracleanse, but it is not at my PetSmart or PetCo. Would you think it would be at a local store (I live nowhere near the Co-Op)? Also, if not, are there any other medications to try? And are they fry and egg safe (I have guppy fry and cory eggs)? Thanks.
  13. So my otocinclus have the weird tube like things near their anus, right in the middle of the fish where the tips of the ventral fins would meet if you drew a lime straight across. I'm pretty sure it's right next to where the excretions come out. Is this part of the otocinclus anatomy or is it a parasite? Also is API general cure safe for eggs in the tank and couple day old fry? Also will general cure kill the other micro organisms that my fry use as food? Fry are of another fish
  14. I just got a new aquarium on Dec 24 th..I got a golden base flowerhorn. She had multiple disease and I wasn't really aware of it as it is my first aquarium. Initially she got white spots all over after treating it , she got hexamita..she got holes on head ..I treated that as well and finally since Jan 14th she started eating pallets...but she has been really dull ...she just swim still at one place..when I go near tank she starts moving and responding to me ...also now she has pop eye ...and also today in tank I noticed something like thread...I am sending you picture of it... please let me know what it is and how to heal her....thank you in advance
  15. Over a week ago, I mentioned how my betta fish was showing signs of a parasitic infection (I’m pretty certain they are some type of gill fluke) and asked for some thoughts to confirm my approach. It’s been eight days so far of Copper Safe treatment. For the past few days, Samphan was showing much more normal behavior (doing his wiggle dances, being active and exploratory, not flashing or twitching). However today (day eight), he’s pretty lethargic and sticking close to the top. Not much gill movement (so no heavy breathing), no appetite at all (which is a new symptom) and occasional head twitching. I did a 10% water change and dosed Copper Safe only for the water replaced (as it is chelated and remains in the water for up to a month and until its water changed out). There was no behavioral change, good or bad. I’m unable to check the therapeutic level of copper because the copper test kit I ordered that was supposed to arrive the same day as the medication keeps being delayed, and there’s no other way I can get it. So I’ve been very careful to calculate the dosage amount and dose with a syringe to keep it exact as I can. I’m a little worried, given the lack of appetite and lethargy. I do know that lack of appetite can occur with Copper Safe. It could also be that more parasites have hatched and are now bothering him as well, as another thought I’ve had. But I want to confirm with you all if keeping the Copper Safe in the water (and still continuing treatment) is a good idea. What are all of your thoughts?
  16. hello... I am a beginner fish owner, and I have no idea what I am doing!! This pleco was going to get thrown in the trash so instead I kept it, and the plan was to give it to petco or somewhere they would take it and have proper care for it. But because covid that isn’t the case. So now this pleco has a bubble infected thing on his belly and I have no idea what to do!!! And has brown spots in its mouth and I don’t know if that’s normal... If you can please help me figure out how to get rid of it and make my pleco better, it would be so appreciated!
  17. Last week I got a new Anubis plant for my betta tank. I did a soak in a hydrogen peroxide solution, and have since been having it sit in fresh water. Should it be safe to add into my betta tank? I’m really concerned about possible disease transmission, as it was in a different fish tank before I purchased it.
  18. pH 7.2 Nitrates 15 Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 KH/Buffer ? Water Temperature 74 2 weeks ago I bought a few zebras and neons (different tanks in the store) and a few days later they had all died. There was a brief ammonia spike to .25 and my nitrates were around 30-40 but the ammonia went away within a few days and I did a water change to rid the most of the nitrate. Shortly after whatever it was spread to 4 other zebras that I had in the tank. The first ones had fins that were frayed, a couple got popeye, and some had bloated bellys/red tints after they died. Shortly after it spread to a few corys. One also got a case of popeye and another ended up laying vertical on a leaf before dying. So far it's taken out 7 zebras and 2 corys. My neons are yet to die from this and it's hard to tell if I've lost any shrimp but most of them still look good. Currently, most of the fish in the tank are opening/closing their mouths rapidly but they're not hanging out at the surface gasping for air. The tank is also heavily planted with CO2 and uses a power filter that should provide enough surface agitation. I started treating with Maracyn 2 but that didn't do the trick and I'm now using paracleanse. I'll let that sit for a week before water changing and trying something else. Any idea what this could possibly be? The fin rot and everything else made me think bacteria but now I've thought of the possibility of gill flukes due to the heavy breathing and some corys rubbing against eachother. The rubbing isn't super apparent with other fish though so I'm not sure. For all I know it could be a parasite that somehow got a secondary bacteria infection causing the popeye. The lastest photos of the danios look like they have some extra mucus near the gills but it's hard to tell. Sorry for the rough photos but it's hard to get clear ones with how fast these guys move when they see me trying to take them. I can try to get better quality ones if it helps. https://ibb.co/HGZXR3Y https://ibb.co/sscPB8m https://ibb.co/D17Q55D https://ibb.co/gDLykJH https://ibb.co/MPXbLBV https://ibb.co/3WbRBNp https://ibb.co/rcvqq1r https://ibb.co/CBhdRG2 https://ibb.co/cNBXrGH https://ibb.co/hXq7fGS
  19. He is swimming fine it’s only him that has it
  20. Hello folks, I was hoping someone out there can shed some light on this. I bought four guppies at my LFS on Saturday, took them home, and put them in my quarantine tank, so they've been soaking in the Aquarium Coop "med trio" for about 5 days now. Today I noticed one of them was acting a bit aloof and not really associating with the others. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that it had red spots/blotches on its side. It also looks like it's passing an internal parasite, so at least the med trio is working on that. But, what are the red spots (see pics). I didn't notice these spots when I bought them. I did read that ammonia or nitrite poisoning may cause these red spots, but my water parameters are fine. PH about 7.5 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0 Temp 78 GH/KH about 3-4 Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  21. I recently spotted my one of my cherry shrimps with green feathery like things coming out of its stomach and near its face. I did some research and found that there are few treatments/cures, and very few articles or studies on it. I resorted to euthanasia as not to let it spread too quickly. But if my other shrimp do get it, or already have it, do you guys know how to get rid of it???
  22. Is/can a fluval plant 3.0 light be considered hi output light for a 29gallon tank? Enough par/output for a high-tech, co2 system with carpeting plants?
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