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immune 12-06-2010 10:03 PM

My juvenilie Pleco has fin rot
 
I would like to start doing salt water baths ASAP how much salt do I need per five gallons of water?

immune 12-06-2010 11:02 PM

It has come to my attention that I cannot do a salt water soak on a pleco.

I just moved the little guy yesterday from an overstocked tank that I broke down and started to sanitize. I saw the columnaris on the fish this after I moved him into a newly cycled 75 gal tank. I just tested the tank and the water seems to be great. Should I make any further efforts in treating this sickness or should it clear up with regular tank upkeep?

aunt kymmie 12-07-2010 01:19 AM

My best remedy for fin rot, torn fins, etc. is to just keep clean fresh water flowing. Water changes, and lots of them, go a long way in helping a fish heal.

1077 12-07-2010 05:10 AM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 528778)
My best remedy for fin rot, torn fins, etc. is to just keep clean fresh water flowing. Water changes, and lots of them, go a long way in helping a fish heal.


+one. A few months ago while visiting local fish store,I saw a two inch Green Terror which as a result of being housed with a group of Jewel cichlids,was missing nearly all of it's tail and dorsal fin.
The fish was in such a bad way that they gave me the fish.
I placed the fish in 20 gallon tank and performed three weekly 25 percent water changes and over a period of three weeks,the tail fin and dorsal fin began to heal and grow anew.
The fish now resides in 56 gallon tank , and you can not tell that it is/was the same fish at nearly five inches.
No medications were used ,just water changes three times a week (Monday,Wed,Sunday) along with a variety of quality foods.
Medications have their place but often times,,the best medication is clean water for if the water conditions are poor,,all of the medications one wishe's to use will be largely ineffective and condition or symptoms affecting the fish will persist.
Take care of the water,,and fish will by and large remain healthy and their immune system .,much like our own,,will ward off the need for medications for the most part.


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