last week i purchased my final 2 african cichlids at my LFS
, thus completing the stocking of my 55 gallon. i tried to examine them at the store and pick out the healthiest looking ones. but unfortunately, i failed to realize that they had sunken bellies when i bought them, and when i got home, i also realized that my other africans seemed to have sunken bellies too.
since i realized this i have been treating with metro+ (an aquarium solutions product with metronidazole as its main ingredient). it is a 55 gallon, and the only fish with any symptoms are my cichlids. i have also made up my own food with metro+ mixed in with it and have been feeding nothing but that.
it just frustrates me because i have been battling internal parasites ever since i've started this hobby. i don't know if they're coming from the store i buy my fish from or if they've been in my tank this entire time, but hopefully treating the entire tank will make a difference
my water parameters are all normal (ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 10). how can i stop this once and for all?? i have read numerous posts on here about ich, popeye, and premature demise, but not too many about internal parasites. has anyone had this big of a problem with internal parasites before? i would really be happy if i could finally conquer this problem and not have to deal with them ever again. any advice would be appreciated