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    My planted set up has come down with a stubborn, apparently treatment resistant strain of whitespot. So far I've had a complete wipeout, waited a week & started restocking, & it's struck again over a week ago. It has so far resisted:
    Protozin;
    NT Labs whitespot treatment;
    WS3;
    Sterazin (which one shop I've used for decades said to use for so-called 'super spot')
    All of the above have been combined with temps raised to 87f.
    Most of the fish have died, but a trio of empire gudgeon seem unaffected by this parasite & they alone have no spots of signs of illness.
    Can anyone help?

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    Anyone? Any ideas?

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    Move the fish to a quarantine tank, add salt to the water, and raise the temp to speed up the life cycle of the parasites. Planted setups are tough to work with because the salt may kill the plants. Only other thing I've heard of that will remove the parasites from the water is a diatom filter. I had an outbreak of Ich among some clown loaches once. They were heavily infested, while most of the other fish were relatively clear. Tank wasn't planted, so I used salt and malachite green dye to treat the fish.

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    Think I might have it licked- fresh bottle of Sterazin at double dose. Sterazin goes stale & turns brown after a while, & no longer works. Brand new it's effective. The spots are starting to disappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    You should use either heat or meds, not both...that's what killed your fish
    Meds without heat didn't work, heat without meds didn't work. It was the treatment resistant parasite that killed my fish. Heat with fresh bottle of Sterazin has cured it.

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    Heat alone will kill the free-swimming stage of the parasite, but the necessary temp for that may be too high for some fish. A bit less heat will speed up the growth of the encysted parasites on the fish. Nothing will kill the parasites in that stage that won't also kill the fish. There is some debate whether the parasites may also drop spores or something similar into the environment that is also essentially immune to treatment. The outbreak among my clown loaches occured randomly, when nothing new had been added to the tank for several months previously. It was also mainly confined to those few fish, they were badly infested, with very few spots appearing on other fish in the tank.

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