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aokashi 09-27-2012 01:40 AM

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How do I treat velvet in a shrimp tank? I think the H. Formosas caught it from an un quarantined plant T_T...
The larger female is flashing and clamped... I took her out and have her on 4tsp Aq salt...not sure the temperature thing works for velvet like it does for ich :/

And don't think the RCS will appreciate 86F...

I'm a total disease noob... I wish I qted that plant now D: Never did, cos I never had fish in the jar... T_T
*bangs head on wall D:*

There's also fry D: they're a bit glittery too now :( but acting normal.

aokashi 09-27-2012 04:09 AM

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Okies, I actually have some on hand... I'll give it a try


I've isolated the fry... they're now in with my copepods. I'm hoping some live foos will strengthen their immune system :(

after giving them all a salt bath... the female seems to have unclamped...I'm really praying it isn't velvet and maybe just some other irritation... but I can see the glitteriness all too well :(

aokashi 09-27-2012 07:51 PM

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gah. clamped again...
I think they're a lost case... I'll let nature do it's thing...

acitydweller 09-27-2012 08:02 PM

Googled Treatment for ya

Source 1:
The used treatments are based on salts of copper. Since not all fish tolerate this type of medication, take cautions before applying.

As alternative to the treatment with salts of copper are the salts of quinine or the methylene blue.

Some species of the parasite also obtain energy through photosynthesis, then cover the aquarium can favor to the weakening of the parasite.

To increase the temperature of the water can help to the treatment, because the parasite's life cycle is accelerated.

Source 2:
Velvet can be treated with Acriflavine (trypaflavine) or copper. Both substances have potentially serious side effects and it is therefore important not to overdose and to gradually change the water in the aquarium once the treatment is completed. Copper can poison and kill a fish while Acriflavine (trypaflavine) can cause infertility in fish. Use 0.2 mg copper per litre aquarium water or 1 ml Acriflavine (trypaflavine) per litre aquarium water. There are some information that increased temperature 80F + /27C + might help cure this disease but this has not been confirmed and using copper or Acriflavine (trypaflavine) is recommended.

Sorry :(

aokashi 09-27-2012 08:37 PM

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Ive decided to go with do say it works better with less side effects than copper
very little info on dosage. So I'll start with 1ppm and work up to 2ppm...

MrBrongher 09-27-2012 08:39 PM

I can lend you an old diatom filter I keep for emergencies. I don't think that'll do it by itself, but if say, you removed the affected fish and then ran it on its old tank a few times, perhaps in combination with some other treatment, you'd be golden.

wkndracer 09-27-2012 08:47 PM

another option
Flubendazole is a plant safe parasite treatment but has to be ordered online (to my knowledge). It covers a broad range of bugs too. (not all but a bunch) *** it also kills snails but is safe for shrimp by user reports including folks here on TPT.
Velvet and Ich are also covered by a flu treatment Doc sells as little or as much as you want.
Other sources are out there in the UK and maybe others via the web but Iíve ordered from Ďthe Docí.
Article links;

Just make sure it's Flubendazole not Fen that you buy.


aokashi 09-27-2012 10:26 PM

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Thanks so much for the fantastic suggestions!
I dont think the online meds will make it on time, But I'll see what my LFS has..

SpecGrrl 09-27-2012 10:52 PM

Sorry to hear this Aokashi! Sending good vibes to your tanks!

aokashi 09-28-2012 01:52 AM

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I always tell others to Qt, Qt. but I seriously fail at it myself.

SpecGrrl 09-28-2012 02:05 AM


Originally Posted by aokashi (Post 2025411)
I always tell others to Qt, Qt. but I seriously fail at it myself.


aokashi 09-29-2012 07:05 PM

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was too chicken to do the PP. went with kordon'a ich attack. they seem to be better... maybe it wasnt velvet....

aokashi 09-30-2012 03:18 AM

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lol, keeping my fingers crosses. I've been quadruple dosing >.>

aokashi 09-30-2012 04:04 AM

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Saw one dead fry.. little fellow didnt make it.... there seems to be a few more. kind of sad that they were born to life and died so quickly...

the female is still lethargic and getting glitterier D:

chibikaie 09-30-2012 04:09 AM

Oh dear, hugs hugs hugs.

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