Hello, so I need some help with dealing with parasites. I just determined that there is some kind of parasite problem in my brand new 38g tank, which was introduced into the tank from a friends fish tank when i put one of his fish in my new tank. That fish already died, but my Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is now dealing with some issues :(. Last time I ever trust him with fish....
Basically, a few days ago I had noticed that there was a slight red streak on his fins, and some small red spots along the belly. I also noticed what I thought might have been some kind of external parasite on his tail fin, though I was not sure. So I started using Melafix for 4 days now, and now things have gotten worse. Those things on the tail I thought might have been parasites turned out to be, and I just found two of them left the tail fin and were stuck to the glass wall, so I scooped them two out of the tank. They looked kind of like tiny little leech-like things. Hard to describe, not sure what they are. But those two are gone from the tank, and theres now only one left on my fish that I can spot on his dorsal fin.
But now, I have noticed that he is breathing through only one gill, so I'm assuming that means he has gill flukes. He also hangs around the surface of the water at times, but is not breathing too hard.
Anyway, can anyone tell me what medicines I need to buy and rid my tank of the parasites? For now, I just continued with another dose of the Melafix (5th dose) as well as starting a dose of Pimafix. Its all I have, and its 6am here so I can't go to a fish store yet. Since this is a new tank like I said, there is still a tiny amount of ammonia, but it never got high because I used Tetra SafeStart (works great). Ammonia is currently about .25 ppm, no nitrites, and about 30 ppm nitrates.
This is so frustrating, because this is literally a brand new tank, and I shouldn't have to deal with these kinds of problems on a tank I just set up, especially with a fish I've had for 4 years who's been healthy for years. Thats the last time I ever trust him with fish, he is so careless when it comes to caring for fish