My oldest boy Azure has over the span of the last year lost a lot of weight but he was acting alright so somehow (like an idiot) I didn't pay much attention to it. After being on the forum, I started realising it may be parasites and today, it was proved. He has a white wormy thing coming out of his anus. This would be an internal parasite right?
I'm starting on the 100% water changes and epsom salt+ IAL tomorrow. I also want to medicate but I'm not sure what to use. The brands of medications mentioned in the diseases and treatments page are not available to me, although the actual meds may be. PP would be available to me. Should I treat with that? If so, what should the dosage be?
What size is your tank? 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 26-28 C
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No but the room is warm with steady temps
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None, he had a snail once in 6 gallons but I removed it
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Live/ freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day
How often do you perform a water change? 1-2 times a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Dechlorinator, IAL
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Skinny for long time, has worm sticking out, down there..
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not as such
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Realised there was a problem a few weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet except IAL
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes bad fin rot when I bought him 2 years ago... Fins never grew back as such.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2and 1/2 give or take.
I had this issue when I brought home my new VT and Darkmoon really helped me out. Tetra's Parasite Clear was reccommended. I would totally trust Darkmoon's direction too. I certainly do not know much about diseases, outside of ich. For my personal issue, I used API's General Cure, and it worked for me. However, the Tetra product is really more specific for your issue. Darkmoon stated that Tetra had purchased Jungle because originally I had looked for Jungle's Parasite Clear. You could also PM Darkmoon, but I'm sure you'll get lots of hits to help you out. I hope Azure is feeling better soon!
Thanks, flowerslegacy! My problem though, is that these medicines aren't available to me :(. They aren't sold where I live, that's why I need a generic name and a dosage...
Hopefully, I can get the dosage for the potassium permangnate, it's the most widely available treatment in the list for me :).
Sorry Fightergirl - I didn't see that you were out of country! I've only had one medical emergency so far and Sakura and Darkmoon responded right away. I'm sure you'll get some hits on this issue! Sorry I couldn't help more!
The medicines in the Jungle Labs Anti-Parasite Medicated Pellets that DarkMoon recommends are metronidazole, raziquantel, and levamisole. I don't know if you can get those, though. Proziquantel helps too, I think. Can you get daphnia? It's good for purging unwanted things.