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post #11 of 14 Old 07-06-2013, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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The last fish we bought were the platys in mid-April, so it's been months.

But last night we noticed they now have severe camelanus. We tried everything and can't find medication anywhere. We tried pet stores, farm supply, vets, exotic vets that would require a 3 hour car ride each way! No one. Only one person we talked to had even heard of the medication but doesn't stock it and it'll take weeks to get it, and it's for goats, which as long as it was the same I think would have worked. We found one place online which we don't know if they're reputable or not, I've heard most places sell crap that's only like 30% of the medication, but it would cost $60 and their idea of expedited shipping is priority, which from across the country would take 5 days. (and yeah we've spent $40 bucks to save an $0.80 fish a few times!) These fish suddenly went from looking scared and not eating to laying on the bottom gasping with huge bits of red spiky worms coming out of their butts. There is no saving them. I'm crying as I type this. We had to euthanize this morning. We threw out everything but the stand and the tank since we don't trust it not to spread to other fish. I mean everything that came near the tank from the water test bottles, to food to the net and vacuum. The tank and stand are getting put in storage until I feel up to this again, I just can't right now. I'm way too upset to even think about it. We've had other things happen, but nothing like this. This is the most devastating thing we've ever had happen to a tank since I was a kid almost 30 years ago and started keeping fish. I've never in my life seen something be fine for 8-10 weeks then just kill fish so fast once they show signs. We can't even find the medicine to pre-treat any new fish if we decide to do this again. So I'm too scared to try again. Our only two local pet stores aside from petsmart are really scary and dingy looking, I don't even want to try to get fish there. There is another that is supposed to be ok, but it's a 2 hour drive. I'm wondering if mail order would be better. I have heard live aquaria or something is supposed to be good. Anyone know?
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-06-2013, 01:08 PM
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I found this thread after a simply google search.http://www.myfishtank.net/forum/dise...camelanus.html Are you absolutely sure it is Camelanus?

There's no need to throw out everything. A good soak in a small amount of bleach will do good. All you have to do it double or triple dose with conditioner.

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NO, you don't have to throw out everything, I promise!
Dig the stuff out of the trash can, you really don't even have to to bleach it if its camallanus, but bleach is good stuff for disinfecting. If you've identified the issue, life's good! It's not to hard to treat. Severely infected fish do often have to be euthanized (sorry), but larger fish often recover. My hypothesis is you saw the worms as they were being stressed, the worms were stressed, by your anti-parasite treatment, so it may have been working to an extent. Having said that, I have never had a severely infected small fish recover. Larger fish, such as angels have more of a reserve of energy to fight off the stress of medication and the worms.
Let me dig out my thread here (TFK) on treating it and I'll post again in a few minutes with my recommendations and the link.

You can use a very common dog de-wormer AND if you treat all new fish, you can even purchase fish locally. I got my absolute largest, most attractive angelfish from Petco (and he looked like #$%# when I purchased him on a whim).
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Ok, here is my post from 2011 regarding my fight with this particular worm!
Camallanus infection, need advice

Read post #20 in that thread, that has my final camallanus treatment method - cheap and easy, worked GREAT! You can pick the dog dewormer up @ Petco, Petsmart, and pretty much any vet, I suspect.

Good luck and don't get discouraged, it happened to me and once I figured it out, no more issues (from that problem, anyway )

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*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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