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best treatment for gill flukes?
Old 07-25-2010, 05:30 AM   #11
 
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Odd. All these symptoms you mentioned are evidently of flukes though. Did you aerate the water? What is the temperature? Water parameters?
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:02 AM   #12
 
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the filter is run by an airstone so there is aeration, although i dont know how much.
water parameters: 0 nitrate
0 nitrite
ph 7 (slightly more acid than it was when i first set the tank up - i think the ph is naturally becoming lower)
temp: 25 C
i'm using an aqua master liquid test kit for the ph and api dip strips for nitrate/nitrite - not the most accurate i know but they'll have to do for now.
sorry i dont have an ammonia or hardness test kit so cant give you those params, hope what i've said helps though :)
is it possible the fish have just got a bit worse and it has nothing to do with the med? maybe it just stressed them a bit and made them worse? i dont know! these gill flukes seem to make fish go downhill very quickly - like my angelfish who was fine one day then that evening collapsed on the floor of teh tank nearly dead.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:51 AM   #13
 
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is it possible the fish have just got a bit worse and it has nothing to do with the med? maybe it just stressed them a bit and made them worse? i dont know! these gill flukes seem to make fish go downhill very quickly - like my angelfish who was fine one day then that evening collapsed on the floor of teh tank nearly dead.
That's what I was thinking. Just add an airpump to be better sure they have plenty of oxygen.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:02 AM   #14
 
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i only have one other air pump and airstone and both have been in a hospital tank with my angelfish and are probably highly unhygienic...should i soak it in bleach or something? and then how would i know when i'd got all the bleach out before i put it in the other tank?
also, this has only recently ocurred to me, i've always had my air pumps on the same bench as the tank. and recently i realised teh vibrations probably stress the fish no end - so i want to get a small table to put next to the bench to put the pumps on. the other pump is incredibly noisy
i'll try to use it though if it'll help the corys recover.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:27 AM   #15
 
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water parameters: 0 nitrate 0 nitrite
sorry i dont have an ammonia or hardness test kit so cant give you those params, hope what i've said helps though :)
I'd be really interested to know your ammonia levels because with 0 nitrates and nitrites I'd guess your tank isn't cycled.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:04 PM   #16
 
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i would like to know the ammonia levels too but its planted and i was talking to someone about this on a different thread and we decided the plants are using all the nitrate. the tank doesn't smell bad or anything, the fish are happy, bla bla, so i think it is cycled. i have a large java fern, a lot of floating elodea and some fontinalis moss in there. and because ammonia is so toxic, you'd think the fish would be looking terrible if there was any in there...just a thought :)
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:25 AM   #17
 
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just a quick update: added another airstone to the tank today, as the corys where going up to the surface for air a lot and the gourami was gulping air at the surface. I'm not sure if it's helped yet, but there's quite a lot of bubbles in there now and it actually looks rather nice. I might leave the extra airstone in even when the treatment is finished. I figure it can only be good for the fish.
I disinfected it with boiling water and ran it for a bit in a bucket before adding it to the tank (i had been using it in a hospital tank).
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