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need help with gill flukes

one of my rummynosed tetras apparently has gill flukes. Rapid breathing and red, inflamed gills. In the past I used Prazipro, but that was a fish only tank. Now I have shrimp (amanos ) and plants. Is Prazipro shrimp and plant safe? Is there something else you recommend. This is a heavily planted tank and I gave up trying to catch him. I also assume that if he has flukes, they are present throughout the tank and a whole tank treatment is needed.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 05:35 PM
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it doesn't neccessarily have to be flukes
i had a loache one time that could not for any reason get over an infection in the gills. it would get better, get worse, get better, get worse

she is finally better and still kickin.. but see if u can determine first if it really is flukes.. they have to come from somehwere, they don't usualyl survive long without a host
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the only way to tell for sure if its flukes is to do a gill scraping. You areright about the host. this is an established tank that never had problems before. confused
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try a 7 day treatment of pimafix, and melafix
they are safe for plants and shrimp and see if things dont significantly improve
that's a safe place to start before going further
i do not know if prazipro is safe for inverts or plants. i am assuming plants would be the most tolerable of the two
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try a 7 day treatment of pimafix, and melafix
they are safe for plants and shrimp and see if things dont significantly improve
that's a safe place to start before going further
i do not know if prazipro is safe for inverts or plants. i am assuming plants would be the most tolerable of the two
I did try the Pimafix/Melafix. I thought the fish was improving but it died today. The gills stayed red and other than getting skinny, I saw no other symptoms.
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Well i hate to hear that, im sorry if i steered u the wrong way, its just odd that no one else had any symptoms
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No worries. All my research pointed in the direction of some type of bacterial issue. Since I gave up trying to catch the fish, medicating the tank became the best option. Your advise was the correct course of action, and I thank you. It is odd that not only are the other fish ok, they are thriving.
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