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Old 07-10-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Exclamation Killing HITH Parasite?

Right now I'm treating my tiger oscar with HITH, and yesterday he stopped eating, so I just wanted to know if there was anything in addition that I could do to try and kill the parasite before killing poor Ozzy. I'm currently treating him with Jungle Labs Hole-N-Head Guard, and I'm also trying to give him a quality diet... if only he would eat it :/
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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He could just be sulking from the medication but when he stops is a slippery slope, you could try feeding some nightcrawlers, thawed shrimp, or his regular pellets soaked in garlic...here's where trouble could start if he takes a liking to the other food like the worms getting him back to pellets is a pain.

As far as medicating only use two rounds with a water change in-between, then bump up the temp to 80-81F and leave it there. That along with nitrates constantly below 10ppm and a good diet he will start to recover, remember this is a long recovery but you should start to see some improvement after a couple of weeks.
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Okay, change of plans, he is now starving... I dont know why, but he's nuts about food again!

As far as the medication goes, it says I have to change the water every other day, and add the medication after the water change. Do you mean follow the directions, but only do an additional water change in between the two days that I do it without using medication?
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Like I said they're huge drama queen babies when it comes to change and he was just sulking.

Follow the medication label, I have a bottle of that downstairs so I don't remember off hand what the directions were.

Good luck and keep those nitrates low!
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Just one question... how do I know if the medicine worked?
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You won't right away, HITH is a disease that takes time before any noticeable improvement is noticed.
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Here's my rescue after two weeks of almost daily water changes, there's zero improvement yet. Now tell me if that's not a face only a mother could love I don't know what is, but you can see directly below the large hole a smaller one is present.
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I see... my lil buddy just developed two very small holes right on top of his head, and he also developed this white spongey area on his gill... not sure what that is. And on his dorsal fin, he has this white bump, and it's been there for a few months and it hasnt caused any harm..
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Keep in mind oscars have alot of sensory pits around their face/head area which is not HITH.
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I've finished the medicine treatment, and he doesn't seem to be hungry at all. I observed that once in a while he'll do this thing where it looks like he is wheesing or coughing.
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