Originally Posted by sidluckman
Are any others displaying beginning symptoms? IME, cichlids that go off their feed may have internal parasites, but this was a more common experience for me among Africans than South or Central Americans. I relied on huge water changes and occasional use of Clout, which is an anti-parasitic. Do not use this indiscriminately on the entire tank. I would be especially cautious about your catfish. Isolate affected fish and treat in quarantine. Do large water changes after use. Many of my fish regained their appetites following treatment and never looked back.
I know you are in transition with these fish, but for me, the risks of such interim housing outweigh the rewards. It sounds like you have an enviable collection (I am drooling over your swordtails) and I would be anxious to split these up into their individual tanks as quickly as possible.
I agree that euthanizing fish is sometimes the more humane tack to take, especially if the fish is refusing food and having trouble maintaining equilibrium. I think it's especially important to isolate affected fish, because the harrassment and competition only hastens the end and intensifies the suffering. . .
I have used garlic extract on occasion, but also read enough opinion pieces to make me think it's nothing more than "snake oil." My opinion is it can't hurt. Good luck. Sounds like you have lots of projects coming up.
i was supposed to move my swords and cherry barbs to the 30 breeder by the time my syndolntis and angels got here but i guess instead ill be quarentining the new fish until i know the fish in the main tank are better. i have ordered a new heater and the thera + small fish formula. the end stock for my 55 will be
i was also supposed to move the festivum to my 120 in a week along with my blue gourami in quarentine but unless all symptoms are gone nobodys moving out. the good news is that all fish are now eating. or atleast trying to. the cherry barb was pecking at the pellets but theyre too big for its mouth. tomorrow i will do a huge 75% water change with prime. i wish my python would connect to this sink. ive been watching my perams closely to make sure my params never get past 0,0,20 and so far so good.