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post #1 of 23 Old 05-22-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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I don't like posting here, because things don't seem responded to, but here goes :)

I've treated my GBR as per directions, with API General Cure. Today, the pit on his head is still there. I'm guessing that may be normal, as that may take more time to heal. The directions say to do a 25% WC today, and that the treatment is completed. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and let him "stew" in the medicated water one more day? He's active, eating and is fine.

Or should I follow directions and do it today, even with the pit still present?

Thanks for any ideas!

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I don't like posting here, because things don't seem responded to, but here goes :)

I've treated my GBR as per directions, with API General Cure. Today, the pit on his head is still there. I'm guessing that may be normal, as that may take more time to heal. The directions say to do a 25% WC today, and that the treatment is completed. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and let him "stew" in the medicated water one more day? He's active, eating and is fine.

Or should I follow directions and do it today, even with the pit still present?

Thanks for any ideas!

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im new and dont know alot but i know that chemicals and meds are hard on fish.i would want it out and do the water change. you also need to change filter with new carbon to remove meds. also doing more water changes over the next couple of days would be more helpful than leaving meds in.

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im new and dont know alot but i know that chemicals and meds are hard on fish.i would want it out and do the water change. you also need to change filter with new carbon to remove meds. also doing more water changes over the next couple of days would be more helpful than leaving meds in.

Thank you! Being hard on the fish makes sense, so I'll do the water change. I won't change my filter, because I don't want to throw the good bacteria away - but I'll add carbon too, so any remaining meds can be removed. Good advise.

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Maybe its hole in the head disease?
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I'd stick with the length of time that they told you to treat and give the fish a break. Meds can be hard on fish and it's our protective gene that wants to keep medicating while symptoms are still there.

Keep the water squeaky clean in the meantime (I'm sure you already know that tho). Good luck and keep us posted.

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Maybe its hole in the head disease?

Sorry, I wasn't clear on that, but I was treating for HIH.

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I'd stick with the length of time that they told you to treat and give the fish a break. Meds can be hard on fish and it's our protective gene that wants to keep medicating while symptoms are still there.

Keep the water squeaky clean in the meantime (I'm sure you already know that tho). Good luck and keep us posted.

Romad, let me ask you this. I believe I keep my tank always clean. The HIH developed while I attempted putting my female Opaline Gourami in with my single GBR. She was such a stressor, as everytime she saw him, she chased him into hiding. So, I removed her, and figured that is what caused it. Aquaadvisor says because I only have one fish in a 30 gal tank, I should do a weekly wc of 4%. So, because I do buy this water (soft) I've been doing only about 3-5 gallons, one week more, one week less. I have lots of plants, and I always have 0 of everything (nitrates etc). Is it possible I'm not doing big enough water changes and this is a water quality issue?

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I think the meds have done their job already, the fish should be able to handle whatever's left of the disease by himself.
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post #9 of 23 Old 05-23-2012, 09:29 AM
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New Life Spectrum food prevents HITH.

Boy am I glad I don't have to buy my water for water changes - I do 80% changes.

What are your tap water parmeters, that you can't use it??

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New Life Spectrum food prevents HITH.

Boy am I glad I don't have to buy my water for water changes - I do 80% changes.

What are your tap water parmeters, that you can't use it??
Varied diet can help prevent HITH, but there is no food that on it's own can prevent it despite claims by food maker's.
Metronidazole mixed with foods can help control this disease along with clean water but once fish has contracted it ,,bout all you can do is try and provide best care.It don't go away completely if indeed that is the ailment.
Folk's used to claim (some still do) that using carbon caused HITH, but too many folk's keeping same species use carbon and theyr'e fishes don't develop HITH.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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