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Old 05-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #21
 
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Here's how I handled this treatment.

I used Metro+ made by Aquarium Solutions. It happened to be the only product with metronidazole that I could get locally at the time.

Select a prepared dry food that the fish likes to eat (some foods are more "preferred" than others) such as a flake, and place roughly a 2-week ration in a clean zip-lock bag. Add a sprinkling of the metro powder; I didn't measure, just sprinkled some in. Seal the bag and shake it around. Over time, the oils in the flakes will take up the metro. Each day, feed the fish with this food. A period of 14 days.

Corys feed from the bottom, so this gets a bit trickier. If the fish is isolated, you could use the flake and when adding it immediately stir it into the tank so it sinks rapidly. If you use sinking foods like shrimp pellets, do the same process with the bag, but when you feed put a few pellets in a small jar with the Metro and add a tiny bit of water, just enough to get the food wet so it absorbs the water and hopefully some of the metro. I also used Nutrafin sinking tablets which my corys seem to really relish, and being larger they may absorb more Metro when moistened.

If there are other fish in the tank, they can eat this too. The protozoan is contagious, I introduced it with new fish and it killed off quite a few of my older fish rapidly. Feed nothing but medicated foods for the 14 days.

We are fortunate to have a member with Dawn's considerable experience in this area of health. She has saved my fish twice over the past couple of years when nothing else worked. Dawn is going through a rough patch at present as she mentioned, but she is very dedicated to assisting us and I'm sure will be checking back when she can.

Byron.
Thank you, Bryon I will look for it this week.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:59 PM   #22
 
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It seems I'm in the same boat as you are, I'll be watching your thread to see how it all comes out over there. Best of luck to all of us in beating this thing. *hugs*
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #23
 
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Aw Chesh- your ram right?
I'll post a photo later of my Cory, beside one of my healthy cories, size difference is quite shocking.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:35 PM   #24
 
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Aw Chesh- your ram right?
I'll post a photo later of my Cory, beside one of my healthy cories, size difference is quite shocking.
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Yeah. . . one of my poor little Bolivians At least he's acting like he's feeling okay. . . all of these sad little fishies are breaking my heart! I hope your Cory heals up, too. *sigh*
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #25
 
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Okay, here is affectionately named "Stubby."


Doesn't look that bad, right? Here's how stunted he is compared to the group:




It's NOT normal for him to be that much smaller, right?
At first I thought his breathing was faster simply because smaller animals usually breathe faster, but not so sure anymore. Hopefully heading to the pet shop tomorrow.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:43 PM   #26
 
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Aww! Poor little thing! I'm not familiar with that type of fish, but comparing the top pictures with the others, it looks like his tummy might be concave like my little Ram's is - the bigger fish's seem to curve slightly outward - but that might just be the way it looks in the picture. Whatever it is. . . I hope he gets better. I hope ALL of them get better. *sigh*
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:54 PM   #27
 
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Yea I noticed that too after I posted the photos.
I can't believe he's lasted this long already. It's been like 2 months. :(
He's not a big eater either- the only one that wouldn't eat blood worms.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:08 AM   #28
 
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Thank you Byron for stepping in and helping out here the other night, I apologize again for my time constraints.
I was just catching up on the thread tonight and noticed the mention of feeding with this cory. I'd like to mention that blood worms should not be a staple food and is more of a "candy" than it is anything else for most fish. The fact that this cory doesn't seem to like blood worms should not be of concern. Brine shrimp pellets and bottom feeder pellets are a much healthier diet for corys as well as tropical flake and pellet foods. Brine pellets are quite messy so if those are fed they should be followed by frequent water changes and gravel vacs as needed to remove any uneaten food as soon as possible so it doesn't pollute the water.

In regards to blood worms, these are not always a good thing to offer to any fish, let me explain why. The source of the blood worms is usually unknown, and blood worms (aka mosquito larvae) can carry disease that can affect fish. Where the blood worms come from, how they were collected, and how they are treated before packaging all play a major role in how healthy of a food source this is for the fish. Some people are under the impression that freeze dried blood worms are safer because the freeze drying process eliminates the chances of disease getting through to the fish... this is not true. Some people are under the impression that frozen blood worms are safer because they are flash frozen... again, not true. Neither of these processes eliminates disease that the worms themselves can carry. This is a food I always warn to feed sparingly as a "treat" food for most fish. There are too many other safer, healthier options than blood worms for any species of fish. I have noticed that there has been a large increase in the use of blood worms as part of the staple diet in many species of fish and this can be a contributing factor in the wide spread of some diseases that are getting to be more commonly found in freshwater aquarium fish.

I will check in as often as I can to help track the progress. Please post if you have any further questions or problems.

As a last quick note... be sure to keep carbon in the filters while feeding the medicated food I suggested. This will help prevent any issues due to water chemistry and eliminate any problems other fish could have if the medication is in the water column. Not all species of fish can tolerate metronidazole treatment in the water, and I still don't know what other fish are all in with the sick cory.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:52 AM   #29
 
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-sorry double post-

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Old 05-27-2012, 06:59 AM   #30
 
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The blood worms are only fed about twice a month, they get catfish wafers daily. Bloodworms aren't mosquito larvae are they? I feed mosquito larvae and they look extremely different.
My tank is 15 gallons. There is 5 gallons split off with a male betta. Then the 10 gallons has another male betta and the 6 cories. There is also a rabbit snail- big concern if he will be safe with medicine.
I have some carbon lying around that came with the filter so I can use that.
If he were to be cured of this thing, do you think be would catch up in size with the others? I know we don't know too much about what's going on here but I feel like he's permanently stunted.
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