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(2/2) bigger. He’s developed stress lines, has gotten thin (he already was, so now it’s getting pretty bad, even though he is eating twice a day, with bloodworms and pellets alternately), and has started listing to one side. I’m afraid he’s not doing well at all and am afraid to continue using this medicine. Does anyone know of a better medicine for it? Or have any ideas? He’s in a 2.5 with good parameters, filtered and heated. Iwouldattachapicturebutmycellcameradoesn’tshowandcameraisn’tcharged.
I’m not familiar with Primafix, but as far as I know it’s similar to melafix which is just an antiseptic and potentially harmful to the labyrinth organ. And won’t help much. But again I’m not familiar with it. If it’s not affecting his illness, I would assume it’s an improper treatment and you need to cease immediately (100% water change) - treating with medication not necessary or with the wrong medication for the illness can do way more harm than good.
What need to do is identify exactly what is making him ill (is it a gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria? or a fungus? etc) and treat specifically for that - I’m not familiar with ‘cotton fin’, where did you read that? It is possible he has saprolegnia (sounds like it, crowntail rays are particularly vulnerable).
The thinness despite eating makes me think internal parasites, which may also explain the sapro if his conditions are good - sapro affects fish that are already weakened by something else, like internal parasites.
Internal parasites can be treated with praziqantel. (I could be wrong though!) Here’s a treatment guide for saprolegina
If anyone else has opinions on this, please chime in! ^ That is my best guess as to what is going on.
Saprolegnia is what I meant, I couldn’t remember the proper name so I used the common name I knew…I guess it isn’t very common after all haha
I shouldn’t be making jokes at a terrible time like this
He’s been thin since I’ve gotten him and never gained weight, it’s just a bit more worrisome with the fungus as well. I’m not sure if he has gotten much thinner since he got the fungus or if it’s me worrying too much…it just looks extra bad to me. I think I worded that badly when trying to save letters.
Pimafix is also by API, which is why I worried and started him at a half dose. It did help a little, the “fuzz” stopped eating his fins and hasn’t gotten any bigger/more widespread, but it’s also not going away.
Just in case any of this clears anything up, it’s hard to make sure I cover everything or make everything 100% clear when I’m trying not to spam an inbox…