I've put parasite clear in the main tank before with no issues on the cycle. Honestly, I could care less about the cycle at this point. He's been having so many issues - I just want him to get better. I guess I'll worry about the cycle later. I can re-seed it because I'm doing a fishless cycle on my other tank. I don't remember exactly where I saw that price on the metro - maybe it was on Seachems website. Either way, he's been having these issues for so long that I'm afraid he won't make it if I don't treat him with something and Parasite Clear is all I have for the time being.
I guess he might not even make it with the meds. He looks so bad right now that he might not even handle the meds well, and I already know the meds I have are harsh on him. If I can get a link to a med that will work that I can afford I can order it this weekend and hopefully get it by this week... And also, hopefully he will make it that long. He's lost so much color that he's almost completely see through.
I'm sorry but I don't think keep using PC over and over again is going to work for him long term. He needs 3-4 weeks on the meds and if they can't be used so long it's just going to keep coming back until it's totally resistant to the meds and then he'll be in real trouble.. I don't think you can use it for so long either because it contains a carcinogenic pesticide.
I don't know about locally but it's cheap online.. Metro and Focus from Seachem are <$10 so I'm not sure what source you're looking at that is so expensive.
Supposedly also GC can be fed and mixed with 1/2 packet per feeding so if you wanted to try that I could tell you how to do it. I have never done this before, just read about it, so that's all I can tell you.
The ingredients in parasite clear will toast your cycle so it's a shame you put it in there.. Part of the meds lose their effectiveness after 24 hours so that's why you can redose. As long as you follow the instructions on the package it should be safe.
I don't have metro... A small thing of it is like more than $50. And the treatment of Parasite clear is not supposed to be redosed more than 3 times, and that's only for specific ailments... The others are only supposed to be redosed twice.
I could try to get some general cure if that could be used longer... But for now, I have Parasite clear and I've decided to treat him in his main tank and take out the carbon filter I just added, leaving in the old media... I was wasting a lot of the meds anyways because the tablets are for ten gallons and he seems happier in it, anyways.
Btw, the directions are to redose after 48 hours with a 25% water change... So I do a 25% change and add another full dose of meds? Can this overdose/harm him?
Internal parasites will take 3-4 weeks to clear up. It's normal for the symptoms to go away faster but they almost always come back if treatment isn't continued. I don't know that the treatment you are using is safe for that long.. I do know that feeding metro and focus soaked pellets is.
Well I'll be getting Kanaplex ordered. My VT looked much worse this morning, too :( I'm at work now for about 5 more hours but he didn't look good at all... And he was pooping, it was half white and very long. His colors were very faded, he was sleeping a lot, clamped, moving very slowly... He did eat for me but it took him much longer to get to the surface than normal... And I noticed a few times he like, tipped his head as if he was trying to take a breath but he didn't break the surface :/ I couldn't do much but add some epsoms, because I had to leave for work.
Use 1 tsp per gallon predissolved. Only add when you do a water change. I use Kanaplex for fin rot because it's effective and doesn't stress fish in my experience. But there are a lot of meds which should help fin rot. Maracyn Plus, Furan 2, Triple Sulfa, and Maracyn II (last resort as very stressful and least effective).