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post #1 of 19 Old 03-11-2007, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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something wrong with ram

I can't believe i have only had these bolivian rams for a week and now one has something wrong with it.He just stays at one place in the tank for long periods of time about half way from the bottom at the back of the tank.He has not eat in 2 days and is breathing with rapid gill movement.There is no signs of injury or wounds on him and none of the other tank mates are bothering him.His color is good not faded or anything.He moves sometimes to a different part of the tank slowly but just mostly sits without swimming around.

water is amn-0 nitrite-0 nitrates-around 12 PH is at 7.0 temp is 79F

its a 55 gallon with several cave type places for cover..

Any advice would be greatly appreciated..

Thanks a bunch..
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-12-2007, 04:57 AM
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i had the same prob with my bolivian, it had dropsy. r scales stickin out at all??? bloated???
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No there is no swelling of any kind,visually he looks fine no wounds or cuts or anything..And now one of the other ones is doing the same thing... :(
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post #4 of 19 Old 03-12-2007, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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What type of internal parasites might cause this kind of behavior? Or is it possible that internal parasites can cause this type of behavior?

I don't know what to do and i fear if i don't do something fast they wont last long cause of the not eating...
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post #5 of 19 Old 03-12-2007, 09:37 PM
im having problems with my rams too. Check there anus, if there are little red worm-like things coming out them it has tapeworms (or string worms, one of those). My ram that has these little worms coming out doesnt move much and just sits there unless its friend/foe (they change everyday) comes near him.
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im having problems with my rams too. Check there anus, if there are little red worm-like things coming out them it has tapeworms (or string worms, one of those). My ram that has these little worms coming out doesnt move much and just sits there unless its friend/foe (they change everyday) comes near him.
They sound more like camallanus worms to me.

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post #7 of 19 Old 03-12-2007, 09:41 PM
well i have a thread dedicated to them, im treating with a special medicated food that contains metrondazole and praziquantel. I think the latter one is for worms and the first one is for parasites
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ok the one that has been not eating has something hanging out his rear end but its not red and its very thin almost looks like a hair and is about a inch long and kinda looks transparent..I had to look very hard to see it but theres something there.

But the problem is how am i going to treat him if i can't get him to eat??
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well i have a thread dedicated to them, im treating with a special medicated food that contains metrondazole and praziquantel. I think the latter one is for worms and the first one is for parasites
Ryan, worms that are inside the bodies are still considered as 'internal parasites'.

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well i have a thread dedicated to them, im treating with a special medicated food that contains metrondazole and praziquantel. I think the latter one is for worms and the first one is for parasites
Ryan, worms that are inside the bodies are still considered as 'internal parasites'.
oh, well i guess the metronidazole will work for that too. I dont want to steer off topic on this thread so can we talk about my worms on my thread.

That stringy stuff coming out of its anus doesnt sound good magic_marty. I dont know what it is but im pretty sure it doesnt belong there....
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