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Camallanus infection, need advice
Old 05-02-2011, 04:24 PM   #11
 
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Got the med today in the mail, fast delivery! Dosing 1/8 tsp for the 55g tank. Hope it works. I'll detail later how I goofed up on some other med I tried to use. My goof was a great example of "read the freaking label" before assuming things...
FYI, doing a thorough vac with ecocomplete was a minor pain, it's really lightweight.

Thanks Kym! Will post update later.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:57 PM   #12
 
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Did the Angel you were worried about it hold on until the meds arrived?
At least you know the dosing calculator you have is correct.
Definitely keep us updated!!
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:43 AM   #13
 
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So far, one dead angel, and no success. The Levamisole HCL does not seem to be working. It does increase the fish appetites, to the point they'll actually eat the anti-parasite food. I'm trying another round of that. Absolute wost case, I'll slowly up the levamisole HCL dosage until I see a response. At this point, I don't have much to lose! One site indicates a 13% solution needed for Camallanus treatment. Mine certainly seems resistant to both a 2% and 8% solution so far. Trying to find some source of flubenadazol to treat with, but not having much luck.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:49 AM   #14
 
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So far, one dead angel, and no success. The Levamisole HCL does not seem to be working. It does increase the fish appetites, to the point they'll actually eat the anti-parasite food. I'm trying another round of that. Absolute wost case, I'll slowly up the levamisole HCL dosage until I see a response. At this point, I don't have much to lose! One site indicates a 13% solution needed for Camallanus treatment. Mine certainly seems resistant to both a 2% and 8% solution so far. Trying to find some source of flubenadazol to treat with, but not having much luck.
I certainly would up the dosage to 13%. At least they are getting back their appetites, that's always a good sign.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:12 PM   #15
 
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First I'm going to soak some tubifex works in Fenbendazole. I have some on hand. If that fails, I'll up the Levamisole to 13%. This is a very frustrating parasite!!

Interestingly, my corys still don't seem affected.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:05 AM   #16
 
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First I'm going to soak some tubifex works in Fenbendazole. I have some on hand. If that fails, I'll up the Levamisole to 13%. This is a very frustrating parasite!!

Interestingly, my corys still don't seem affected.
Live tubifex worms?? Tubifex are nasty worms, I would not (and have never) feed my fish those worms. They are well known for carrying parasites. Which version do you have? Live, fresh frozen or freeze dried? I have a very stong dislike of all things Tubifex.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #17
 
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No worries, these are freeze-dried. I would not trust live Tubifex either! IF they won't eat those, then I'll soak some frozen bloodworms (have to go buy those however).

Everything I find, except one person, indicates a 2% Levamisole solution is the appropriate dosage. It's just not working on my parasites.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #18
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #19
 
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Thumbs up Progress....

UPDATE: No luck on getting hold of any Flubendazole to treat the water column, but I'm having some success. I upped the Levamisole to 8%, last week and left it in two days. The nematodes did seem to extend more out the fish. I did a water change and gravel vacuum. Then I used the 22.3% Fenbendazole granules I had on hand to soak some frozen bloodworms that I fed to the fish (mixed the granules with water and soaked the defrosted worms for 10 min). Noticeable difference. Worms are getting more pale and several have been "passed out" as of this PM.

Interesting note - I found multiple folks now using Fenbendazole to treat the water column for hydra (invert tanks), so apparently it's not too toxic in the proper dose. I would not recommend dosing the water column with it for Camallanus. The bloodworm soak does appear to be very effective however. Will update with final outcome...

I suspect it's a combination of the meds I used. The Levamisole noticeably increased my fishes appetites, making it easier to feed them the treated bloodworms.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:40 PM   #20
 
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Thumbs up More progress !

I am making definite progress. Here is what has happened to date. The Camallanus apparently were somewhat resistant to the Levamisole. I found another thread on this forum
Treating internal parasites with Fenbendazole

That link above has a recipe for using 22.2% Fenbendazole granules (Safe-Guard Canine Dewormer, purchased from Petco). I modified the recipe slightly. I ground up, using a spoon, 1/4 teaspoon of the fenbendazole granules and mixed that well with about 10-20ml of water (3-5 teaspoons). I let a serving of frozen bloodworms soak in that mix for one hour. I did not have any of the Seachem Focus on hand, but would recommend it to help the medicine delivery. I kept the tank dosed with a 2% Levamisole concentration. The Levamisole seemed to greatly increase my fishes appetite. They consumed the treated bloodworms without hesitation. I did not dump the entire mix into my tank, but spooned out the bloodworms, with a small amount of mix, to feed. After the treatment yesterday afternoon, no worms are visible as of this AM. I followed that up with a third treated feeding this evening. I'll repeat this medicated bloodworm feeding cycle two or three more times at 7-10 day intervals. Based on my research, that should break the Camallanus life cycle (approx 30 days) quite nicely.

I'm adding this treatment cycle to my new fish quarantine treatment. The cost of treatment is cheap and I do NOT want to deal with this again. I also started treating my kids 29 gallon guppy tank - that tank has been losing fish for inexplicable reason(s) since it was set up. The guppies could be the original source of my parasitic infection. I kept the guppies in my 55 gallon before getting the angelfish.

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