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Old 11-22-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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parasite ID

anyone know what this is on the caudal region? see it sticking out on his left side in the 1st pic. you can see it closer in the 2nd pic on the right side. he also seems to be losing some color.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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anyone have success with Jungle Labs parasite meds?
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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I can't be sure what kind of parasite, maybe flukes. Jungle is a good medication. You could try the parasite buddies, it is a fizzing tablet. Keep in mind though that medications can severely affect your beneficial bacteria. Might want to consider QT.
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seems to have affected only one oto. the other three are fine. do parasites get transferred to other fish? Or, are more parasites in the water and will infect the other fish?
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It is certainly possible. I would treat the one and keep an eye on the others rather than risk your cycle.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:13 AM   #6
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you mean QT him? so the jungle meds will effect the beneficial bacteria? their website says it doesn't.
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I always err on the side of caution. You can treat the main tank, I would just keep a close eye on the parameters.
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Thanks, Anne, as always for your wonderful advice
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So, just as I was about to do the parasite med, I noticed something had changed. Now it looks almost like the thing burrowed into him or maybe it's fungus from a physical wound. There's no redness around it. And he doesn't seem to be bothered. No flashing. He's eating and swimming well and schooling with the others. I'm not sure what it is anymore. Under the microscope, I don't see it moving at all...it doesn't look alive.

Everyone in the tank seems healthy and I've been keeping a close eye on them.

This pic isnt' great but it gives you an idea.
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Keep an eye on him and do not treat until you are sure it is a problem.
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well it seems to have resolved itself without meds Everyone looks healthy and happy.
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