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Old 12-29-2016, 01:07 PM   #11
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Going to test the water again this morning, but the candy canes look happy as usual. Still a little worried about the platies, they're moving around a bit more, but yesterday they pooped long white stringy poops and I'm worried it's parasites. I have no clue what kind or how to treat them.
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:14 PM   #12
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Going to test the water again this morning, but the candy canes look happy as usual. Still a little worried about the platies, they're moving around a bit more, but yesterday they pooped long white stringy poops and I'm worried it's parasites. I have no clue what kind or how to treat them.
PraziPro. Don't waste your time or money on anything else. I speak from experience there.

Yes, poop that looks like spider webs is a sign of parasites.

I hope there's another LFS in your area, because the one you went to seems like a dud.
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:21 PM   #13
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Ughhh... I apparently live in a ghost town when it comes to good fish stores! The one I went to is an hour away and the best I can find in my area. They're usually great, but I don't know what was up with that one employee. The only other place I can think of is like two hours away.
To treat them, do I dose the tank or do they have to come out? I don't have another tank (tried to convince my mom to let me get a quarantine/hospital tank, she said we wouldn't need it, and NOW look what happened)...
And are my candy canes at risk? (I figure they are, but wanted to check).
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Looking at those pictures, you might be facing constipation. Give the fish one or two shelled peas.

I stick frozen peas in the microwave for 30 seconds and then use a garlic press to mince and peel them. Let them cool a bit then feed them a bit at a time.

However, once the spiderweb poop starts, the parasites are pretty contagious. Treat the whole tank.
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Okay, thank you. What size bottle do you think I'll need for a 26 gallon? They have so many sizes.
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Okay, thank you. What size bottle do you think I'll need for a 26 gallon? They have so many sizes.
You'll need about 15ml.
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How are things going?
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Pretty good. I got medicine and treated the tank and the fish seem to be doing better. I test the water daily and it looks okay, no ammonia, nitrites or nitrates. It stays the same each time I test.
I'm still upset about losing the platy, but to be honest it was sick from before I got it and I had a feeling it might have been ill at the store. When the guy was netting fish, all the others swam away to hide, as normal, healthy fish do, but that fish kinda just sat by the plant and then swam right out in the open by the net and let itself get netted. It was odd, and I wanted to say I wanted another fish because a fish that had no self-preservation is probably sick or just not that smart, but I didn't say anything.
The other platy is surprisingly doing better now that his companion is gone. He got annoyed when the other one followed him around the tank; he seems to like going solo. The medicine might have made him feel better because even though he's still a little shy around me, he now swims around happily, gobbles up brine shrimp, and explores the caves in the rocks instead of just floating in the plants like he did before.
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I'm so glad things are better!
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