Parasitic Contamination / impaction issues
I've had something of a disaster strike in my house. My standard setups are a 50g breeder that contains 8 B.Orientalis (Firebelly toads) It is fully planted, filtered, and heat regulated. The other two tanks each house a pair of surcobis and a pair of azureas, standard 10g stood up on their side. Also heavily planted, I do weekly water changes on all of them. I also use Light expanded clay aggregate to for the false bottom on one, the other uses layers of light diffiusion material.
Last night I went to crash, and read a little popular mechanics before falling asleep. I was laying in bed for about twenty minutes before I realized I couldn't hear any of my frogs/toads calling.. which is very very rare.
All of my tanks are high off the ground, my cats love to torment them otherwise. So I grabbed a stool to check the B.Orientalis tank.. from what I could see 3 were already dead and the other five looked extremely sickly.
I grabbed a clean pair of latex gloves and quickly set up a quarantine tank. I transfered the five living ones into it. Now I think I made a mistake in keeping them in the same tank, however I felt it was more important to get them out of the primary tank.
Its about 2:30 am by this point, so I go and check on my Surcobis. I had just placed a fresh FF culture in the tank about a day earlier.. Both surcobis were dead, severaly inflated in a way that makes me believe there may have been an impaction issue. Their tank setup has not changed drastically in the last 4 years..
I checked the azureus next and found both dead, similar to the Surcobis, however there was no LECA in this tank.. so I don't see how an impaction could have been an issue. I sorta hit panic mode, as all of my precious herps are dying or dead.. sorta over reacted and destroyed one of the ten gallons. My own anger issue, w/e. I don't contend with failure well.
I calmed down enough to crash out on the couch, woke up at 7 am to check on the remaining B.Orientalis.. Another had died in the 4 hours while in the quarantine tank.. At this point I decided it would best to isolate and hopefully prevent them all from continamting each other. So I broke out the 5 gallon buckets, and isolated each of the remaining 4 frogs.
After I got home from work, I checked them again, and found one heavily inflated and dead, the other was in its deathroes with a peculiar small hole in its abdomen. After it passed I checked the wound, and using a magnifying glass I could see some type of worm like parasite in the wound.
I am quite diligent and standfast about my cleaning & care regiment for my frogs. Each tank has its own equipment, the one tool I do use on all the tanks gets disinfected in Isopryl Alcohol before being used on the next tank, which are my pruning scissors. I am at a complete loss as to what to do, which is why I am posting here. I've lurked and done searches and not found anything similiar, can parasites be airborne?
The two remaining B.Orientalis seem to be doing better, I'm giving them each 50/50 on survival at this point, and will remain isolated until they either die or recover. I've also decided I'm throwing out everything in the 50g breeder and repopulating it as I don't know where this parasite could have come from.. Nothing new was added in the last year, no plants or fish.. unless crickets could have brought something in.. But even those I raise myself, and my colony is going as strong as it was when I started it two years ago.. and are fur superior in nutritional value then anything a LFS could offer.
Suggestions? Recommendations? Please?