1~What type of fish is afflicted? In addition, please describe what is wrong with the fish to the best of your ability (i.e. cotton like growth, bloated, etc.).
Parrot cichlid. Lethargic, no appetite, lateral line marks.
2~What are your tank parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, temp, pH)? Please give exact values.
0, 0, 10, 78, 7,6
3~ How large is the tank? How long has the tank been set up?
40 Breeder, several years
4~What type of filtration are you using? Please give the name and number (i.e. Fluval 304) and amount of gph
Marineland emperor (big one), unknown large canister filter
5~How many fish are in the tank? What kinds of fish are they and what are their current sizes?
2 - Parrot cichlid and pleco, both fairly large
6~When is the last time you did a water change and vacuum the gravel? How often do you do this? How much water do you remove at a time?
A few days ago, about 70 percent. Usually every 2 weeks, as the parameters always stay in check
7~How long have you had the fish? If the fish is new, how did you acclimate it/them?
A couple years
8~Have you added anything new to the tank--decor, new dechlorinator, new substrate, etc.?
9~What kind of food have you been feeding your fish, have you changed their diet recently?
Always feeding Omega One cichlid pellets
My parrot cichlid almost certainly has lateral line disease. I have ParaGuard and Melafix with me right now, with Praziquantel arriving Monday and Metroplex arriving Wednesday.
I donít know how to treat it. Everyone says Metroplex, but itís not going to be here until Wednesday. Do I wait for Metroplex? Do I treat right now with Melafix? Do I treat right now with ParaGuard? A combination maybe?