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    Question Are there worms inside my gourami's tummy?


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    For a few weeks, my gourami's tummy has grown bigger and bigger. However, judging by the rest of his body, he actually lost a lot of weight! We noticed the problem when he stopped eating flakes. He would have a bit and spit it out and gave up. My boyfriend did some research online and he suspected that there were worms inside my gourami's tummy. So, we bought 'Tetra 77346 Parasite Guard' from pet smart and started treating. The gourami seemed a little bit better after the treatment, and we have been feeding him brine shrimp. He was well enough to eat all the shrimp we gave him. Although his tummy is still huge, we thought he is well enough so we stop the treatment (because the med is to paralyze worms and the fish will poop them out). However, the third day after we stopped the treatment, he stopped eating again, and this time brine shrimp won't do the trick.

    Could you guys help me diagnose my gourami and tell me how should I treat him?

    Thank you!!!

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    FIrst, all medication should be carried to term. Just because it started getting better doesnt mean its resolved.

    We could do a lot more with a picture than just guessing but it sounds like the fish is constipated. Garlic soaking some blanched and shelled peas could clear this up. Worms you normally see hanging out the anus or white poop from the fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    Worms you normally see hanging out the anus or white poop from the fish.
    Yes, he does have white poop, and at the beginning of his illness, he sometimes had clear string of poop hanging there.

    This photo was taken almost a month ago. I will get some new picture tonight.

    Thank you so much for replying me!

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    No problem. Looks like a product called prazipro would work well. Also metro+ would be my follow up if prazipro didnt work.

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    +1 to the advice already given

    It certainly does look like worms. I have used prazipro with great success in my tanks before. If you do try prazipro, just make sure you do a very large waterchange before adding it to your tank. You want to make sure you don't have any other active meds in the tank. Better safe than sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    I have used prazipro with great success in my tanks before. If you do try prazipro, just make sure you do a very large waterchange before adding it to your tank. You want to make sure you don't have any other active meds in the tank. Better safe than sorry
    Got it. I will do this tonight. Should I put garlic soaked shelled pea in while I use prazipro?

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    Yes, that should be a food for the fish. Garlic makes them want to eat, pea cleans them out.

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    ok, thank you! I will buy some peas tonight as well.

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    Any time. Hope your gourami does better! Pretty fish.

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    + to all above. Make sure you remove any active carbon from your filter (if you have carbon in them) before you medicate or it will soak up the medication and negate it's effectiveness. If the carbon has been in your filter for more than a month, it shouldn't be a problem as it's no longer active.
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