Stubby must just be a runt. Poor guy. But he seems happy enough. I mean, he must be eating something because he's still alive.
Levamisole is the only medication that treats nematode worms like the camallanus worms that I'm plagued with. Fenbendazole will treat the larvae and eggs of those but it won't kill the adults. Levamisole is the only med that will. Although, if your betta hasn't got camallanus worms then there's no need for that particular med. As far as I'm aware, nematodes are the only type of parasite it will treat. I've treated my bettas with levamisole as a bath and it didn't have a negative effect on them.
Some studies show that garlic has some antiparasitic properties and immune system enhancers but the main reason we use garlic for fish is that it's an appetite stimulant and flavor enhancer. It covers up the taste of medication in medicated foods so the fish will eat them. Like hiding your dog's pills in a piece of hamburger.
Yea, Mr. Stubby is just plain cute, and I can actually recognize him, which is always a bonus for me!
O__O I guess you had no choice. Dawn told me they don't react well to it.
Man, I've been searching for those garlic studies forever, do you have any links?
The only link I found was this,
from way back when. An intensive study that found it takes an average of 5 weeks, I think, to remove internal parasites (tapeworms?) from discus. If you have anymore intensive studies (as I am trusting "forum folklore" less and less these days) then I would be thrilled to read em.
I may have to try it as an appetite enhancer, depending on how Gilbs reacts to the meds.
Again, WHY does he have to do this right before my exams?!