04-02-2011, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by davikan
My little GBR lost his battle with Hexamita today.
After the water change on Thursday, I was hopeful that the medicine would be effective. Unfortunately, on Friday, the little guy was listless, just hanging out on the bottom, not very active at all. The area around the main hole in his head had developed a mushy whiteish look to it, and he wouldn't take any food. So, I dumped in another 2 packets of General Cure.
All to no avail. I found him on the bottom of the tank, laying on his side, a few hours ago. No struggling, no gill movement, nothing. SO: HOW TO PROCEED?
I assume that there's still residual medicine floating around in the water. I haven't replaced any charcoal. How can I be assured that no remaining Hexamita attacks any of my remaining critters?
Should I dump in another two packets of meds tomorrow, and then do another water change/replace charcoal 48 hours later (thus completing a 2nd treatment cycle per API instructions)???
If it were my tank (and we know it's not) I wouldn't be too concerned about the other fish just yet. The Hex I battled only affected my discus. Cichlids are known for contracting this disease, not usual for other fish species to pop up with it. I'd do a large water change, add charcoal to the filter for a bit and observe and wait. When I battled Hex I soaked live black worms in a mix of straight Metro with a tad of water to dissolve the Metro well, after about ten minutes of soaking, fed the fish. I was lucky my Discus were still eating. I was going to suggest that to you but you had already started the other course of meds. Sometime throwing everything in the medicine chest at the fish doesn't really do much good. GBRs are known to be sensitive, you did what you could do. I'm sorry you lost your fish, it totally sucks when it happens.