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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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How to get rid of parasites ?

I have had a problem going on for a while now losing fish, never really determined a certain desease, until now. I'm almost 99.99% positive I saw a parasite wiggling around in my tank. For the past couple months I have been treating my fish for bacterial, fungus, and other infections so this may be the problem I'm having
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-Slowly losing fish after fish
-Fish seem to have a hard time breathing, but Not gasping for air at the surface
-Either losing appetite or getting really fat
-Crazy behavior, almost as if some fish are trying to get their tail
-Very sluggish behavior getting worse and worse
-no visible signs of anything on the fish

Should I start my tank over again? Get rid of all the fish I currently have and bomb my tank with hydrogen peroxide? Or is their a medicine that will get rid of parasites?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 10:04 PM
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Worm parasites don't live outside of fish if they can help it. You saw a common detritus worm or planarian.

This tank sounds like trouble. I'd break it down and start over.

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You think their are internal parasites though? The symptoms sound almost the same. And can I salvage all my plants if I started the tank completely over?

I just realized how many of these "worms" their are, they are very very small and all white

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What I'm getting at is internal worms don't live outside the host. Yes, you can save the plants. I would rinse them in a bleach or hydrogen peroxide solution since you have all these diseases in your tank.


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 09:33 AM
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Remove all fish, keep tank in quarantine for a while.


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Worms can easily be treated with levamisole. What worries me is all the treatments the fish went through are not without side effects, and I'm not sure if you won't just be adding to the distress.
Increase frequency of water changes and filter media cleaning. This alone should make a large change. If there is a nitrogen excess related issue fish should look better after adding 1 tsp of salt per 10gal.
Increasing filter media cleaning is then really the answer.

The trick to cleaning your media is to clean it in a bit of water you removed from the tank. Do not use a running tap. You just want to massage most of the crud out, not get it sterile. do not clean the internal housing etc.
You can also feed less or less often, every other day is just fine for adult fish.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have a planted tank so I don't want to risk my plants , sorry for not mentioning that. Do u think this will work if I remove all the fish(Ther aren't many) and let me tank catch up for a full 2 weeks) I think the problem is I have way to much crap in my tank from over feeding and just not taking care of it
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