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post #1 of 11 Old 02-27-2011, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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I have an Australian Rainbow fish in a 25 gallon aquarium. The water parameters are PH-7.2, Ammonia- 0-0.25, Nitrite- 0 and Nitrate- 40. I know the Ammonia and Nitrates are a high and I'm working on that right now, I have them a lot better than before and am doing another partial water change soon. But I just realized that one of my Australian rainbows was extremely thin and he was gasping a little faster than he was supposed to be. His excrement is white and string- like. MY other two rainbows are fine and so are my guppies and pleco and everyone else. I just don't know what's wrong and I really don't want to lose him. I feel like crud because I hadn't noticed it for so long, he's not eating much and I'm worried. This is a non-planted tank just so everyone knows. Can anyone help me?

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
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~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I think my Rainbow has internal parasites, so I got some medication and am treating her (just learned it was a girl) but now my guppies are rubbing against the gravel. Now I think my medication will treat external parasites it's Tetra Parasite Guard and says it will but it also says it's dangerous to crustraceans. So IO removed all my ghost shrimp and my crab and put them into my snail breeding tank. Which is 2.5 gallons. I am treating all my fish for parasites just in case. Does anyone know when this stuff will work? How long it takes I mean... It only treats ten gallons per tablet so I put two in considering I have a 25 gallon and it didn't say whether I could cut the tablets in half. I also need to know when the water is safe for the crab and shrimp again.

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 11:07 PM
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What are the ingredients of Tetra Parasite Guard?

I'd use praziquantel IMO. Prazipro is available online. Try Pet Mountain. Vet clinics carry Droncit unless you need prescriptions for that.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Praziquantel, Dflubenzuron, Metronidazole and Acriflavin

These are the active ingredients thanks for the help ^^

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 11:43 PM
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Try the pure prazi first. It's possible flukes are also culprits here and prazi is very effective against flukes. Your tetra med is way harsh for skinny fish with acriflavine in it.

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post #6 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Mom won't spend much on the fish how much does it cost? T.T *feels horrible for not being able to just do it herself*

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose

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post #7 of 11 Old 02-28-2011, 11:57 PM
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Hikari PraziPro Aquarium Solutions Pond Medications

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Lupin you're the best <3

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 12:15 AM
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You flatter me. LOL! Glad you have a backup Prazipro there.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-03-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Lupin her feces is turning dark again though it's still a little stringy and she's eating better should I put the filter back in?

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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