06-08-2013, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Neil D
There is now a 5th fish dying. He had a gasping issue, and his gill is swollen. The guy at the LFS (knowledgeable btw) thought it might be gill flukes, but this is the only tetra with this gill issue. The other 3 that died didn't have it. If it is flukes, how would I kill them off? I do have Prazi Pro and aq salt.
EDIT: That's 5 dead now. I don't see any others with any symptoms...
Gill flukes symptoms include flashing (the fish scraping the gill region on plant leaves, wood, substrate), much increased respiration, extended gill covers so you can clearly see the gills and they will be bright red, and somtimes hanging at the surface gasping though this is in my experience not frequent unless things are very bad.
Prazipro is best for this, follow directions. Considering these are characins, don't use salt which is highly stressful at any level even close to being effective against parasites.
Do the fish in the store have this? It is highly unlikely they would contract it in your tank if there are no other fish, so they must have brought it with them.