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Help with what is wrong with my Jewel Cichlid

Discussion in 'African Cichlids' started by whiteystyle, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. whiteystyle

    whiteystyle New Member

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    He doesn't look well
    .. already increased the temp to 32*c and added salt. Living in Canada here so no access to antibiotics etc .. help :) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Hi and welcome to the forum :)

    Are the other fish picking on it?

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    I would treat the fish for worms and gill flukes. You can use Praziquantel to treat tapeworm and gill flukes. And Levamisole to treat thread/ round worms.

    Remove carbon from filters before treatment and increase aeration/ surface turbulence to maximise oxygen levels in the water.

    You treat the fish once a week for 3-4 weeks. The first treatment will kill any worms in the fish. The second and third treatments kill any baby worms that hatch from eggs inside the fish's digestive tract.

    You do a 75% water change and complete gravel clean 24-48 hours after treatment. Clean the filter 24 hours after treatment too.

    Treat every fish tank in the house at the same time.

    Do not use the 2 medications together. If you want to treat both medications in a short space of time, use Praziquantel on day one. Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate on day 2 & 3. Treat the tank with Levamisole on day 4 and do a 75% water change and gravel clean on day 5, 6 & 7 and then start with Praziquantel again on day 8.

    The water changes will remove most of the medication so you don't overdose the fish. The gravel cleaning will suck out any worms and eggs that have been expelled by the fish. Repeating the treatment for 3-4 doses at weekly intervals will kill any worms that hatch from eggs. At the end of the treatment you will have healthier fish. :)
     
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    Thanks for the info :) in Canada we don't have access to these medications... Even General cure we can't get so we are very limited. Any other suggestions ?

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    Flubendazole can be used for intestinal worms and is available in the US so you might be able to get it in Canada.

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    Salt can be used to treat gill flukes. You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt), sea salt or swimming pool salt to the aquarium at the dose rate of 2 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water.

    If you only have livebearers (guppies, platies, swordtails, mollies), goldfish or rainbowfish in the tank you would add 4 heaped tablespoons per 20 litres.

    Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.

    The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria but the higher dose rate will affect some plants. The lower dose rate will not affect plants.

    After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that.
     

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