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  1. Hi all, My tank community tank just recovered from a bout of Ich and everyone was looking happy and healthy. Now today I spot this stringy thing coming out of my Cherry Barb. She's the only one out of all the fish in the tank that has this. Is it some kind of intestinal parasite, poop, or something from laying eggs maybe? My male barbs have been displaying much darker reds lately, so maybe there's some mating going on? Hoping it's nothing too serious.
  2. I am beside myself. Just found camallanus worms protruding from my peacock gudgeon (I chose to euthanize it). I have a 40 gallon heavily planted community tank with MANY fish, shrimp and snails. Substrate is Seachem's Black Flourite Sand. The way I see it, using the likely medication of Levamisole is not an option, as I am not willing to lose all of my vampire and amano shrimp. I just ordered an Aqua Top SP7UV Sterilizer in the hopes of getting at this nightmare in a different way. What are you opinions?
  3. Hello, I have been keeping community, predator, and big aggressive fish for a long time, and through half of my time keeping cichlids, I have had to deal with internal parasites. I had bleached my tanks after a new wave of them hit my aquariums a year ago and was out of the hobby until I got back from college in May. I ordered 4 caquetaia spectabilis in April and they had been in a quarantine system and doing well. I then ordered 5 trimacs and they went directly into a 90 gallon, and while scared, were fine. Then a month ago, I ordered 4 cribroberos longimanus, and they were doing fine. Everything was well until 3 weeks ago when my cribroheros longimanus had long white poop and completely stopped eating. I reacted with levamisole once every couple days with a water change before the next dose. They never truly got better and 2 died, 1 from my accidental overdose, and another jumped when I left the lid open. Today I went to my trimac tank and noticed long white poop, the mouth coughing gesture that seems to follow this same parasite, and a lack of appetite. These fish are all in separate systems, and after going through this same exact parasite multiple times, I never cross contaminate. The spectabilis have been with me for 3 months, the trimacs 2 months, and the cribroheros longimanus 1 month. The spectabilis are the only fish that are perfectly fine so far,hopefully they stay that way since they’re my dream fish. After going through this disease around 10 times, it saddens me greatly that I have to go through it yet again. Is there any specific medications I should do? And if so, what are the dosages and times between dosages for a 30 gallon tank, as that will be The sick tank for all the sick fish, since they’re all practically fry at 1-2”. I did a non effective levamisole treatment on the longimanus and a semi effective metroplex treatment on them. The trimacs will be moved in the morning to the sick tank. Please help, if these fish die then I might be out of the hobby for good.
  4. I've been trying to figure out what's going on in my heavily-planted 20 gallon hexagon. I've had a betta in there for about 3 months. His fins are looking a little haggard, but that could be explained by other factors resulting from inexperience/experimentation: My plan was to move him to a smaller 10 gallon mostly plantless column tank that is currently a grow out tank for some juvenile platys, treat him with some salt and see if I can't get some fin regrowth. I haven't had any previous parasite issues or ich (as far as I know), so I thought it might just be stress or something about the environment that he didn't like. Before doing, that, though I wanted to see how the betta would do with the platys (and to see if they could make a dent in the hair algae that's been growing), so I moved two into the 20 gallon as my "canaries in the mineshaft" if you will. I kinda just dropped them in and didn't acclimate them at all. The betta flared at them a bit initially, but has since mellowed out. However, I have now noticed that at least one of the platys have been flashing off of my crypts and anubias for about a week. It's not super frequent as far as I can tell--I only see her do it 2 or 3 times once or twice a day. The tank is on my desk, so I'm able to keep a pretty good eye on them. I don't see any signs of ich or irritation to their scales and the betta and otos that are in there don't seem to be affected. Last Friday, when I did my weekly water change, I added the standard 1 tbsp of salt per 5 gallons and let them sit in it over the weekend. The flashing is still happening and my plants are already looking a little rough. Hesitant to continue down this road, I did a 50% water change yesterday and plan on doing another 50% today in an effort to get some of the salt out. Current tank parameters: pH: 6.8 - 7.0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 20 - 30ppm GH: 25 KH: 0 (?) Temp: 78 - 80 My questions: Is the flashing something to be concerned about? Could it be an external parasites or just the result of a different pH than the tank they were raised in? The pH in the tank that the platys came from is 7.6 thanks to some crushed corral in the filter and I know platys tend to like a bit of a higher pH If I move the betta and the platys into the 10 gallon in order to treat them, that leaves the 20 gallon empty, but potentially with parasite issues. I would assume that the parasites require a host to survive, but is it risky to put the platys from the 10 gallon in the 20 straight away or would the 20 gallon need to be treated in some way? If I can't move them into the 20 gallon, what can I do to treat the tank without killing the plants? I'm not too concerned about the bacteria in the tank because I have plenty of other tanks that I can use to jump start it if the bacteria are killed off. I would just hate to lose my plants. Any recommendations on a course of action here?
  5. I have a guppy Conley with tape/ flat worms and I have treated the tank 3 times with general cure and 2 time with prazi pro and still have white stringy poop does anybody know what’s happening.
  6. I recently (about 2 weeks ago) purchased a pea puffer from a local big box store. The little guy looked pretty healthy, its eating well, seems to be active, and over all healthy. I noticed the other day however a brown spot on the stomach and now there are brown like granules on the body. I would attach a photo but its difficult to get a image that close to see it. You can imagine Ick but brown. On the stomach its just a brown dot not like a granuel. Any idea's what this could be? I do have meds for ick and another for parasites, but before I got dumping stuff in I wanna make sure I'm treating it right. My ph is 8.5 nitrate is low or none, the tank has been established for about a year, so well cycled. Temp is 74. Other fish in the tank are kuhli loaches, Cory's, snails, and Amano shrimp.
  7. Tyrell

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    I have internal parasites of some sort going on within my tank, whats the best thing I should use to correct this? I’ll be pulling out all plants for the time being.. down 15 fish plus in a month
  8. Gosh, today I wish I had a real life aquarium buddy right now or a GOOD independent aquarium store close by! My trouble is a 30 gallon freshwater community tank with mostly guppies, cherry shrimp, assorted snails and a dwarf cpo crayfishand a trio of dwarf puffers. I’ve seen a few little signs things were not well but I couldn’t figure out - suddenly a number of dead snails (ramshorn, trumpet, pond, but the fancier ones, nerites going strong but now I’ve started seeing some guppies die. I’ve used Aquarium Coop’s trio of meds and thought maybe we were ok, but I gravel vacuumed up a really freaky red worm (nothing like I’ve seen before. It holds on and then stretches out long and skinny. VERY Active. Yuk) my first impulse is to run around my house screaming my fool head off, and next suck out all the gravel and make sure there aren’t more worms in there. There always are tho, right? What do people do in this case? Nobody new in the tank, only newish thing are plants I bought here. Couldn’t come from plants, or could Boring stuff: (Tank’s been running for 14 months with a ph of 7-8 depending on time of day, nitrites zero, nitrates at 20 ppm. GH about 150ppm and kh 120. Temperature 76 degrees. )
  9. Hi, Could someone please tell me whats on my angelfish? I ordered the 3 meds coop recomends but they won't be here for 3 more days and I can't wait. He's super uncomfortable and itchy. What is it and what could I get at petsmart to get rid of it. Thanks so so much! 20gal. Water within normal limits 2 Angels, 2 bristlenose plecos, 3 corys https://tinyurl.com/62cffmky
  10. Hi! Just put my new baby pea puffer in their 5 gallon aquarium. Bare bottom with one big fake plant for adequate coverage. This is a quarantine set up as I know Pea Puffers generally come in pretty sick due to being wild caught or catching something from another batch. I’ve been researching for a few months how to care for them and the best practice for deworming them. I did watch a video from aquarium co-op stating he uses A.P.I General Cure, A.P.I Erythromycin, and SeaChem’s Ich-X. I have started the process of treating with these medications and all seems to be going well following doses according to box recommendations as Cory said in his video that they work well together and following box directions generally does the job. My question is... how long should I expect to treat my Pea Puffer with these medications? I don’t want to harm the fish or dose too little (following water change instructions according to each medication). I also know my Pea Puffer is not taking food at this time (read that happens when meds are distributed). I’m not sure when I should break from this to make sure it’s eating and staying in optimum health for treatment or if they just have to power through. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  11. So one of my angels started developing some white masses on its head. I've been told it could be hole in the head disease, but this tank is way overfiltered (got about 20x the tank volume going through my filters) and I do 70% weekly water changes. Is it really hole in the head disease, or is it something else? Temp is 84°F, ammonia and nitrites are 0, ph is 6,5 Edit: I have no idea why are theast 2 photos upside down 😅
  12. Hi all! This is my first post, and it’s about parasite problems! My main question is: after one complete treatment of API General Cure, some of my glofish danios started showing white poop (I’d never been able to catch them pooping before, and I’m sure the rest poop I’ve just not seen it) and have continued to do so about 4 days after I completed the treatment. The one I saw tonight looked like a white string with beads in it. Does this mean they still have worms, and I should do another treatment immediately? Or is this them pooping out dead worms, and I can wait the rest of the two week time period to treat again (to catch hatched worms)? The fish are eating well, and the ones that were really hit by the wasting disease seem to be putting some weight on again. Background: 29 gallon tank has been set up for 2 months. 7 white skirt tetras, 8 (now 7, one didn’t recover from the wasting disease and died today) glofish zebra danios. They were added at the same time about 6 weeks ago, and I didn’t quarantine them, but have certainly learned my lesson! There’s also a young bristlenose pleco in there that’s been in for about 3 weeks and seems to be doing great, and a hitchhiker bladder snail that was the lone one for about 2 months and has suddenly produced a second. There’s some live plants in there, have no idea what kind, but they’re from Petco so I’m guessing pretty common, and some hair algae that’s doing well .... I’ve already treated for ich and fin rot, both of which the tetras had. It’s been fun, but I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! Tested today and ammonia & nitrite are 0, nitrates are 5ppm. I don’t have the gh/kh test kits but my tap water is fairly hard, and temp stays steady at 75. I did a water change at the end of the treatment. Thanks all!
  13. I got 8 harlequin rasboras about a month ago and 7 of them look totally normal. One of them, Homie, is still about the same size as it was a month ago. It doesn't school, doesn't play, has shown no enthusiasm what so ever, eats just a little with no enthusiasm. To me, looks like a giant fry - its body hasn't filled out to be rasbora shaped, it's very thin. Its still so small it can't eat what the others eat, like blood worms. It can manage a few bites of crushed flakes. Homie is not picked on or shunned by the others, just doesn't group with them - as if it doesn't know it's supposed to. I couldn't get any decent pics, but Homie is half the size it should be. Do I give up on this fish or just leave it be and see if it lives? I haven't done any breeding so I'm new to this problem of having a young fish that just fails to thrive, but I got them very young, so I'm assuming this is just some birth defect. All other fish are A-okay. I don't know how long to give it to see if it's going to catch up or if it's only going to get worse for Homie. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome. It's color, scales, fins, etc are all normal, just under developed.
  14. Hannah Q

    Parasites?

    Hi everyone. My oranda has been acting funny lately. She’ll spend some time sitting at the bottom for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a couple times a day and then get up and act like nothing is wrong. She also some times gasps for air at the top. All the water levels are perfect and when she isn’t doing those 2 things you would think she is perfectly fine. I have also noticed white/clear poop on occasions. I know stringy white poop is associated with parasites but It isn’t stingy. It looks like a normal poop just white. I’m not sure if I should treat with paracleanse or what. I would appreciate any feedback!! Thank you so much.
  15. this was my community 10gal of assorted guppy/ albino corridora's/American Glass shrimp and a couple nitrite snails and a pleco that started my multiple tank syndrome Edit 2 I don't test my water so I couldn't tell you what it is but it's Southern Illinois so just stupid hard water is all I know but I use natural regulator seven as my water conditioner so idk and they just got done with a set of API fungus, bacterial and parasite meds and salt. Edit 3 Okay y'all after much research and consulting, sadly this is a failed general cure run that has resulted in the contamination of my tanks Live and learn I guess. Edit 4 ,so with more research and the helpful people here I guess I've done a terrible identification and overreacted taking down most of my tanks, and I have to agree with the people here, it's Cyclops and deterias worms so in the name of discussion, what is the best thing have y'all used to treat parasites.
  16. Good Day folks, Take a quick look at the pics. This is one tough species of worm / nematode to get rid of. Has anyone seen something like this before? Tank has been treated 3 times using @Cory 's schedule and the fritz product that is sold by the co-op (https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/fish-medicine/products/fritz-paracleanse?variant=31400602337349). It appears that the worm tends to "disappear" and then show up again. This does not kill the fish from what I can tell. The tank is heavily planted and its very hard to count every fish. I am thinking of treating the tank with levamisole-hydrochloride but since I can't vacuum well due to plants I not sure this is the best option. What are your folk's thoughts?
  17. I heard that most pea puffers have parasites so i'm a little worried because they are my favorite fish. I got a pair of pea puffers 6 months ago 1 month in one of them got a black bump on its head They are not fighting with any other fish they are in a 10 gallon with a rainbow goby and 4 amano. They were not de wormed at the fish store. The other one has some sand sized back bumps too. If it is parasites how should i treat it.The other one has very small black specks I don't know if it is the coloration or a parasite.
  18. Any suggestions for external parasite treatment?
  19. I was looking at my crayfish because she has eggs and just wondering how they are dying and i noticed there are some small worms on her mouth then u noticed two on the glass I need to know what kind they are what to do!!
  20. I've had these rainbowfish for ~4 months now, and they've been bulletproof until today. I noticed one of my females resting near the bottom of the tank and sort of swimming in place. She looks normal, except her fins are tucked and there's something dangling just in front of her anal fin. https://imgur.com/a/qigpHlv So far, she's done this twice today. The first time lasted ~30 minutes before she swam up and was back to normal for a few hours. As she was swimming up she was flaring her fins a bit. Second time was about an hour ago and she just recently went back to swimming normally. I have a hard time believing this is normal behavior, but nothing in the tank has changed for weeks. Tank parameters are 0/0/20 8.0pH 78F in a 20 gallon long with several other forktail rainbows, none of whom are acting strangely. They're fed a varied diet of frozen worms/daphnia, live baby brine shrimp, BugBites flake and VibraBites. Could this be related to spawning behavior? I've found a few eggs in the sponge filter, so I know they've spawned in the past. I'm guessing parasite, just based on the dangly bit attached to her body, but I figured I would throw it to people with more expertise diagnosing things like this. Thanks for any help with a diagnosis!
  21. I really wanted to share this info because when I first got my four pea puffer fish, one got very sick and from what I could find she looked like she had parasites but I couldn't find hardly any info at all online about what to treat her with. After using a medication that didn't work, I lost her. Then a second one started to look like she did. This time I was lucky enough to find a post out there about Metroplex for a different kind of fish; and I called the company that makes it (Seachem - a fantastic company that will talk with you right away). I treated the tank with the recommended dose every other day for two weeks. And within one day of putting the medicine in, my pea puffer started to eat and swim around. The only thing about curing one is that, in my experience, the fish will never look round like the healthy ones that never got sick. This cured one, Scooter, will always look skinny but eats as much as the two others. I just had to share this with everyone who has pea puffers. If I had not found Metroplex, I would have lost all four of them to parasites which seems to be a common thing for them to possibly have when you buy them.
  22. When it comes to tapeworms and general internal parasites does general cure actually kill them or just expel them from the intestines?
  23. Does general cure actually kill tapeworms and general internal parasites or just expel them from the intestines?
  24. Hello! I have two african dwarf frogs and one of them is much skinnier then the other. I am around during feeding and he gets the same amount of food as the other frog and betta but is much smaller and skinnier then the others. There is no aggression in the tank in any way. Is something like API General Cure safe for frogs? Is there anything it could be that is leading to him being so skinny? Thanks!
  25. I moved my fish out of my display tank into a a little floating quarantine container because he seems to have wasting disease/parasites and I am treating for it now I am afraid that he might have left parasites in the main tank in the substrate through his poop and stuff so today I Took a lot out of the main tank to gravel vac which was super stressful for me and my OCD and anxiety and I don’t even think I gravel vacuumed it that good and it is hard to vacuum in my tank because it’s a 10 gallon lushly planted and with drift wood so it’s hard to gravel vac and I don’t like having to pull everything out. can you keep parasites at bay with gravel vacs?and I’m deathly afraid of medicating my tank because the last time I did that it killed my damn cycle so I just don’t know what to do or if there is even parasites in the substrate or tank.
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