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I have some Wardley Ickaway which i must have bought about 3 years ago. it doesn't have an expiry date. can anyone tell me if it would still work? i'm a bit worried about on of my corys and i'd feel better once i'd treated the tank with something. the only other med i have is melafix which i think isn't safe for corys? i've used the ickaway before with corys (half dose i think) and it worked fine.
 

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wth most chemical stuff they lose efficiency after 2 years.i'm not sure about ickaway
 

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ok. catfish is scratching his gills and quivering and yawning a lot, makes me think maybe gill flukes? how do u cure that?
 

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most of he time there's anti flukes meds that contain potassium permanganate. try that =)
 

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=S
 

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i know right? :|
hmm i was just looking up gill flukes treatments and read somewhere you could use a malachite green/formalin combination. in fact it said that was better than pp. and i think its easy to get, lots of things have malachite green and formalin, actually it think that may be what is in my ickaway, not sure though, i'll have to check.
these flukes sound like a pain :-( i think thats what my angel and barb had too, exactly the same symptoms..why did i not think of it before? well angel is still alive so i could still maybe cure him if i get the treatment in time.
thanks for your help :)
 

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dora i tried malafix on mine they seem to be getting better with constant water changes an added aeration.not sure cory like melafix though
 

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yeah i tried treating the angel with melafix, for a week...seemed to help a little bit then the day before i was due to stop he suddenly went downhill..and i think the corys are very sensitive to everything :S
 

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especially salt it seems
 

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yeah my mum keeps insisting i use salt and i keep telling her it'll hurt the corys..back when i first started keeping tropical fish i used it all the time and i think it contributed to a lot of cory deaths :(
 

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now you know so you should stop =)
 

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well yes, i have stopped :p i haven't used salt in years, yay!
and just an update on my corys, i started treating them today with praziquantel (reccomended by Lupin as the safest med - i trust his advice haha)
they are scratching even more now. they ate some of the residue from the dissolved tablets - hopefully it hasn't hurt them. on the packet it said the residue was just cellulose and wouldn't hurt the fishies. i am keeping an eye on them. according to lupin's treatment schedule, this treatment is going to take over a month! :shock: patience...patience.
 

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lol i don't have much patients either hahaha. good luck with the cory's and you can't go wrong with lupin.
i guess the meds are speeding up the cycle that's why they scratch a lot more then last time.
 

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it is embedded in the skin or gills of the fish, causing irritation (with the fish showing signs of irritation) speed up the cycle and you get more irritation =) the parasite grows and feeds on red blood cells and skin cells. After a few days it bores itself out of the fish and falls to the bottom of the aquarium.
 

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a bit like ich?
i kind of don't think there would have been time for the flukes to grow enourmously. the fish started acting up the moment i put the med in. i forgot to mention they ate some of the white residue from the tablets and i thought that could have been irritating them. but i was talking to lupin on another forum and he thought they just got a bit worse and it had nothing to do with the treatment.
anyway this is the second day of treatment, i strained out some of the white stuff before tipping the water with the dissolved tablets in it into the tank. the corys seemed fine this morning - still had flukey symptoms, but not as bad. i'm keeping an eye on them to see if they go weird again. i'm starting to think maybe they just went into shock from the meds - i wouldn't be surprised if they'd never been exposed to medications before.
 

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wait... talking to lupin in another forum? which one??? i've been in to many.i see names i know but can't really know where are they from.isn't he on this one?

maybe your right but keeping an eye on them is a good thing =) i do hope your fishes get well as my tank looks like it's gonna get dossed too =s i don't keep cory's in there but they are showing sings of ich.normal for young tanks it seems.maracyn will sometimes cloud the water.they were on melafix for nearly a week.some are ok some look like they have fungus =s so i guess were in the same wagon.
 

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heres the other forums i've been on: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/tropical-fish-diseases/treating-praziquantel-47850/#post431901
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/tropical-fish-diseases/best-treatment-gill-flukes-47640/

your going to have to go the second page on the second one :p i have posted so many threads on here its hard to keep up...

i think i'm going to have to euthanase my angelfish, he's on deaths door but my mum wants me to keep him alive. which is kind of pointless - hes just lying there in the hospital tank, cant swim cant eat...he'll die eventually anyway. it seems cruel. plus i kind of feel having a half dead fish next to my main tank is sort of casting a curse on it or something, haha. i guess i just hate seeing him like this.
 

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well it up to you but if it's not eating or moving.humanely euthanize him when your moms not around.sometimes i deep freeze my fish.shh... don't tell =)
 
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