I found some small external parastic worms on my corydoras catfish. First, I'll give you my tank parameters
Set up 8/2010
I have lots of plants, pest snails, a mystery snail, 1 albino bn pleco, 5 albino corydoras, 5 peppered corydoras, 1 blue gourami and 5 pristella tetras.
ONLY the albino cory cats are showing these worms..
What I've done so far: I've removed all the albino cory cats and put them in a hospital tank, I really want to try just treating the infected fish first, and hope the worms don't show up in my other fish in the main tank. The last thing I'd want to do is lose all my plants because most treatments will destroy plants, and even make it hard to grow plants later because the chemicals stay in the silicone.
I am treating the albino corys with a light dose of coppersafe.. my question is how long do I treat, how long do they need to stay in this hospital tank before I can return them to my main tank? How will I know they have been cured and not suppressed, only to have the worms come back when I stop treating?
Here are some pictures..