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Old 10-11-2011, 03:27 PM   #1 
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My plakat, Moseby.

I know I said I woundn't be posting too much now, but I really wanted to post these of my only remaining guy. I am doing everything I can for him in his new heated 2 gal. His name is Moseby! I got him a few months ago for $1.99 at my LFS!!! I believe he is a cambodian plakat. I know he looks a little rough, but he is improving dont worry. I am only worried about his belly, he looks a little bloated and I don't know what to do about it...








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Old 10-11-2011, 03:47 PM   #2 
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poor guy, he looks really emaciated, does he have parasites??

*edit* in fact, i think i see a parasite poop in the last photo
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:51 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure! I'm not sure how to treat him or what to do about it because I am worried about treating him with the wrong thing and making it worse! I can't find any of the anti-parasite pellets and I am not buying them online. Sorry this should be in the disease section...
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:55 PM   #4 
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it's fine!! It definitely looks like parasites to me, since he's so skinny with the swollen belly. Quarantine him in a container that can be floated in his tank. Use either jungle parasite fizz tabs or API general cure to treat him (API is easier to dose correctly), along with epsom salt (1 teaspoon per gallon). Do 100% water changes daily. If you can't find the anti parasite pellets, feed him two pellets daily soaked in garlic juice. Do the medication as long as the directions suggest, epsom salt for 10 days, garlic soaked pellets can be fed for three weeks or longer if needed.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:59 PM   #5 
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So only 2 pellets each day soaked in garlic juice? So can I just roll it around in fresh garlic? For now I will just do the epsom salt treatment and the garlic pellets and get the general cure ASAP, but I might not be for a few days...Thanks so much.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:05 PM   #6 
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where is the parasitic poop?
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:07 PM   #7 
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What?
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:20 PM   #8 
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You're welcome!!! You can somehow squeeze the juice out of fresh garlic, or you can use those jars of minced garlic to soak the pellets in. Garlic has anti-parasitic properties and it will usually kill parasites in around 3 weeks time, but since he's so skinny the API will probably be necessary in his recovery. But I think he'll be fine for a few days without it =) If he gets any more bloated, you can slowly up the epsom to 3 teaspoons per gallon.

*edit for betaguy* the parasitic poop is the white thing hanging off his belly in the last photo. White poop is an indication of internal parasites.

*double edit* once he's recovered he'll need lots of high protein foods to fatten up again, so make sure you have things like high protein pellets and bloodworms around, preferably live or frozen but freeze dried will do if that's not an option for you.

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Old 10-11-2011, 04:38 PM   #9 
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poor guy, he looks really emaciated, does he have parasites??

*edit* in fact, i think i see a parasite poop in the last photo
just wondering where she saw a parasitic poop
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:44 PM   #10 
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Thank you so much Indyfishy. I never would have thought much if it until you mentioned parasites. I will start the Epsom salts and garlic food and take a trip to Big Al's tomorrow for API General Cure. Do you think they would have that there? I have to go there anyways to get filters for my other tanks.
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