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Old 04-18-2013, 12:57 AM   #61
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Hopefully someone could please help answer my previous post?

If I have 1 out of every 30 shrimps, maybe less, with one slightly shorter antennae, would this be considered an early onset of bacteria infection? By shorter, a good example would be one is 3/4" and the other is 1"

All other body parts are normal. Active and breeding colony.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:12 AM   #62
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That would be a sign to me that yes, you have the start of a bacterial infection. If the shrimp is infected, with each molt that antennae will get shorter and shorter. Once the infection is gone though, with each molt it will get longer and longer. Shrimp with bacterial infections don't often show any signs of lethargy and strange behavior, just appearances and then up and dead. Molts need to be removed after any suspected infected shrimp molts. That another way it gets spread throughout the tank.
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I see. Thanks Jaime. I will keep an eye on him/her then. Hopefully it gets longer

If its onset or mild could I treat it with Prime and Melafix? I don't want to try Paraguard if its not too bad because I have a few berried moms. Would hate for them to kick the bucket with Paraguard
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Hey guys so do you guys dose melafix every week or every water change? It seems that melafix is like a prevention rather than a medicine so is weekly dose good or bad?
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:12 AM   #65
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Probably it kills some of the bacteria because shrimps are filling better but doesn't cure them.
Now I'm dosing Melafix and Pimafix together.In general Pimafix should be our 1 choice because it treats gram negative bacteria. In aquariums bad bacteria ratio in general is 75-80% gram negative to 20-25% gram positive.
There are Anaerobic and anaerobic types but this is different story.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:37 AM   #66
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You dose Melafix every day or every other day for X amount of days (you can search on here or on Shrimpsider). And then do 80% water changes at the end of 5 or 7 days (can't remember off the top of my head). If you want to do more 'cure' than preventative you need to do 3-4 weeks of this. For preventative you can dose once a week. As far as preventative, IAL, alder cones and such probably offer the same amount of benefit but Melafix can stress babies in my experience and weak will not make it. Paraguard I had good luck with with neos, not with tigers. Everyone's experiences will vary, just keep that in mind. I did everything under the sun and lost a whole colony of OEBTs except 2. In hindsight I honestly think I did too much. Your best bet is preventative measures in the first place, it's very difficult to treat once it takes hold. Quarantining suspected shrimp and dosing those separately had been the best course I've found personally. I quarantine them in tupperware with an airstone, decent amount of Alder cones, IAL, with either a dose of Melafix or Benibachi Shrimp Emergency. And then cross fingers and toes. About the best you can do.
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I dosed it after water changes for a while, now I only dose for a week if I get a itch of anything being wrong, but I use both Melafix and pimafix.
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I have never had bacterial infections in any of my shrimp, and can proudly say I have not had an OEBT death due to unnatural circumstances.

Temps are a constant 69 and I always have 2-3 IAL in. I am also religious about water quality and foreign contaminates.

Even with my other Neos and Cards, I find I don't need to dose any preventative medications so long as I am careful in maintaining a healthy environment.
AVN, Just curious, do you use Indian Almond leaves in your tank?
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AVN, Just curious, do you use Indian Almond leaves in your tank?

That's what IAL stands for
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That's what IAL stands for
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