05-13-2011, 01:51 PM
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I just got finished with the first round of treatment for Camallanus worms. They are a major pain. I'm assuming the projection(s) look kind of like paint-brush bristles, but reddish? I tried the medicated fish food from Jungle, that didn't work at all. I received some powdered Levamisole HCL from another forum member and treated my tank. That didn't kill the worms either. I finally had to use a dog dewormer - that
got rid of them, but I'll be repeating the treatment at least twice more. Here is the info from my recent posting. I had to feed all the fish in the tank, absolutely treat all fish in the infected tank to break the parasite life cycle:
Originally Posted by DKRST
I am making definite progress. Here is what has happened to date. My Camallanus apparently is 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.
Unfortunately, it won't help the one not eating, sorry. While it may seem a complicated recipie, it's pretty easy actually. Make sure you purchase a new 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon - don't return it to the kitchen after use! You can always try the Jungle anti-parasite food first. It may work for you.
Last edited by DKRST; 05-13-2011 at 02:01 PM..