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Old 08-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #11
 
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The worms drop out and burn up?

Levamisole works by paralyzing the parasite, which allows the fish to pass it. There are no meds you can buy at the store that work on that level. You might be able to find a bird med that has levamisole and prazipro in it. Prazipro is another parasite med. it is not cheap either.

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Old 08-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #12
 
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I bought some fenbendazole today, which I was told will do the same as levamisole, right? And, if it doesn't work, it wasn't too expensive. . . $15.
It's in the form of a dog dewormer, in granule packets. How much should I be putting in the tank? And do I have to mix up some recipe with it for the fish to eat?
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:23 PM   #13
 
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And will this med affect my plants? I have several java ferns. But really at this point, I want to save my little platy, so if the plants die, they die. :(
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:13 AM   #14
 
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I don;t know much about plants.

I don;t know that med. I really don't know how much you should use. If I am not mistaken, the med is administered via the pets water supply.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:20 AM   #15
 
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Looked up that med and it says it's good for mammals but damages birds and reptiles. It's not a common fish med so I can't tell you what it'll do to your plants either.

The vet I worked with told me you treat for the weight of water you have in your tank.. eg 10 gallons you treat for 100lbs.. I have no idea if this is true or not, because he doesn't know much about fish, just some chit chatting we did one day.
I'd probably half that dose if possible..
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:08 AM   #16
 
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Someone suggested using half a gram for my tank, plus mixing the med in with some food for the fish to eat. I did all that last night. So far, the fish looks the same (which is making wonder how long it takes for him to start passing the worms. . .) and the plants looks ok, although, if they're harmed, it may take a couple days for that to happen. I suppose time will tell.
The platy ate the flakes soaked in the med with no complaints.
So should I wait a week or so before doing a water change and perhaps dosing the tank again?
And I bought a master test kit!
nitrate: 0 ppm
nitrite: 0 ppm
ammonia: was .25 ppm, but I fixed it (anyone have recommendations for any kind of ammonia lock, or should I just do water changes?)
pH: 8.2
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