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Hi everyone!

I just setup a 29 gallon pea puffer tank. I started their med trio today. 

For the next round of deworming in about 3 weeks, is it better to just stick with general cure or use another dewormer? I also have levamisole which I bought from Greg Sage about a year ago. Would that be better?

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Cory, in one of his videos, says that wild caught puffers are more susceptible to internal parasites, so he uses levamisole in addition to the med trio. Every so often I see tank raised Pea Puffers being sold. Maybe with those a single round of just the trio would be all right?

I always try to avoid wild caught fish. I feel like you would really need to medicate and observe more, because they are exposed to more things. Maybe I'm just paranoid though.

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48 minutes ago, OceanTruth said:

Cory, in one of his videos, says that wild caught puffers are more susceptible to internal parasites, so he uses levamisole in addition to the med trio. Every so often I see tank raised Pea Puffers being sold. Maybe with those a single round of just the trio would be all right?

I always try to avoid wild caught fish. I feel like you would really need to medicate and observe more, because they are exposed to more things. Maybe I'm just paranoid though.

Thank you! I just watched that video. They are captive bred but do you think the levamisole can do harm or is it worth the piece of mind? @Cory

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Every med can do harm. The problem is, this is like asking someone if going the doctor can ever be harmful? If they're being honest, sure, they could get misdiagnosed, complication with a surgery etc.

I believe if someone is worries about internal tapeworms specifically and wants to go beyond paracleanse. Research symptoms and then see if you feel you need to take further action.

Most times a captive bred fish, with the correct paracleanse treating will come out "clean". However your fish could be mislabeled as tank bred, it could have shared a tank with other fish, it could have been wild caught at the wholesaler 2 weeks ago, and then the next batch was tank raised.

So mostly it's about covering your bases, then keeping active watch.

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1 hour ago, Cory said:

Every med can do harm. The problem is, this is like asking someone if going the doctor can ever be harmful? If they're being honest, sure, they could get misdiagnosed, complication with a surgery etc.

I believe if someone is worries about internal tapeworms specifically and wants to go beyond paracleanse. Research symptoms and then see if you feel you need to take further action.

Most times a captive bred fish, with the correct paracleanse treating will come out "clean". However your fish could be mislabeled as tank bred, it could have shared a tank with other fish, it could have been wild caught at the wholesaler 2 weeks ago, and then the next batch was tank raised.

So mostly it's about covering your bases, then keeping active watch.

Makes sense! Thank you so much!

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@H.K.Luterman @Cory I may be in a bit of a pickle. I read all I could find about caring for pea puffers and somehow missed the deworming portion. I just got mine from Aquahuna last night. They're in a species only tank. So, now that I already have them, do I order the paracleanse and then treat? Do I run out to the store and grab something else? If so, what? Do I feed them on the days I treat the tank? They already cleared the tank of all the small bladder snails I had in there and we fed them a few frozen bloodworms. 

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1 minute ago, Jennifer V said:

@H.K.Luterman @Cory I may be in a bit of a pickle. I read all I could find about caring for pea puffers and somehow missed the deworming portion. I just got mine from Aquahuna last night. They're in a species only tank. So, now that I already have them, do I order the paracleanse and then treat? Do I run out to the store and grab something else? If so, what? Do I feed them on the days I treat the tank? They already cleared the tank of all the small bladder snails I had in there and we fed them a few frozen bloodworms. 

If they have little round bellies, they're not in any danger and can wait a bit until you get some de-wormer. I use Prazi Pro, which I order from the Co-Op. But you could also use General Cure, which is usually at box stores if you don't want to wait. De-worming is usually just a "just in case" treatment and not anything too dire if they already look healthy.

You should be able to feed them while treating without any issue. 

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2 minutes ago, H.K.Luterman said:

If they have little round bellies, they're not in any danger and can wait a bit until you get some de-wormer. I use Prazi Pro, which I order from the Co-Op. But you could also use General Cure, which is usually at box stores if you don't want to wait. De-worming is usually just a "just in case" treatment and not anything too dire if they already look healthy.

You should be able to feed them while treating without any issue. 

Two of them are on the small, thin side but the others look nice and round. I suffer from "newbie panic" so I had an ahhhh moment. Thank you for the info! 

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1 hour ago, Jennifer V said:

Two of them are on the small, thin side but the others look nice and round. I suffer from "newbie panic" so I had an ahhhh moment. Thank you for the info! 

Because I am a newbie also prone to unnecessary panic--keep in mind females are MUCH fatter and rounder than males sometimes, I can actually tell mine apart that way. Puff Daddy is healthy, but sleeker, shaped more like the famous Murphy than a round little ball like my females. His belly is more gently round. The sick ones look tucked up, like they are trying to suck in their gut, and they are sharply flat on the bottom. I would take a pic, but they are not being cooperative at the moment.

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4 hours ago, Brandy said:

Because I am a newbie also prone to unnecessary panic--keep in mind females are MUCH fatter and rounder than males sometimes, I can actually tell mine apart that way. Puff Daddy is healthy, but sleeker, shaped more like the famous Murphy than a round little ball like my females. His belly is more gently round. The sick ones look tucked up, like they are trying to suck in their gut, and they are sharply flat on the bottom. I would take a pic, but they are not being cooperative at the moment.

Ok great to know! And I'm glad I'm not alone in the freak out department. Here's a pic of some of my cute little nuggets. 

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