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Thread: gill flukes?

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    Default gill flukes?

    0 Not allowed!
    Two or three months ago, I noticed one of my fish occasionally
    rubbing its gills on the rocks. At the time, I was fighting a serious bacterial problem, and made a note to watch the behavior.

    In the past week, I've noticed a couple more of the fish are rubbing their gills on the rocks. I don't see any white spots to make me think it is ich.

    When I looked for treatment options, salt looked good until I noticed a comment on salt being harmful to plecos and catfish.
    Since the problem is contagious, treating the whole tank is probably the best thing. Not only will it kill of any eggs, but catching all the infected fish to move them to a hospital container would be very stressful. When I had to move them while getting rid of a particularly nasty bacteria, it took a long time even with nothing in the tank but the fish. They were traumatized and listless for a day.

    Has anyone treated a forty gallon tank for gill flukes? If so, what seems to be the best medication on the market? My petricola cat is in there as well, so it has to be safe for him as well as the cichlids.


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    2 Not allowed!
    Usually the most obvious sign of flukes is loss of color in the fish, and lethargy

    You could treat with Prazipro safely, it's very mild...many here use it when introducing new fish (me included), and every 6 months or so as a preventative
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    2 Not allowed!
    Yes, I second on the Prazipro.
    Gill Flukes are very hard to get rid of because their life-cycle is slow and complicated.

    To get rid of them often takes longer than what is recommended on the back of the Prazipro bottle.
    I treated my discus for Gill Flukes and used the 21 day dosing cycle. You may be lucky with eradication of flukes by the timeline on the bottle- but it will be just that, you got lucky and dosed at the proper stage to get rid of them.
    But, often you will get rid of one life-stage but not the other, and the fish will only have temporary relief.

    That said, I would recommend this regimen:

    Dose 3 days on and 4 days off.
    Day 1 50% WC and full dose
    Day 2 50% WC and full dose
    Day 3 50% WC and full dose

    Days 4-7 50% WCs everyday

    I repeated this process for 3 weeks and never had another outbreak in tank.

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    1 Not allowed!
    Wow, you know your stuff. I didn't know that about gill flukes.
    I must have gotten lucky when I brought in gill flukes rescuing some fish. I noticed an issue right away and dosed once with Prazi for 7 days like on the bottle. The fish showing symptoms was better the very next day, color had returned, no longer was there fish pouting in the corners. I don't think I noticed any rubbing, but I think the gills were enflamed and fish looked like they were breathing heavily.
    Last edited by Slaphppy7; 07-17-2018 at 12:45 AM.
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