I've been keeping clown loaches in my community tank for about a year & never really had any many problems, (guessing I've been lucky & just spent a lot of time reading various articles). However a couple of months ago I lost one of my younger clowns and another one had a sunken in belly. I read up on 'skinny disease' & believed that this was caused by some type of worm. I also read that Waterlife Sterazin would be a good way to remove the worms. I dosed accordingy (in fact did 2 rounds of treatments a week apart) & thought they would just take a little time to bulk back up. I moved them back to the main tank, but just yesterday lost a molly to a Camallanus worm, I know this because when I removed her the worm was protuding from her anus & was still wriggling around.
Again more reading up led me to believe the only thing that is really going to work is Levamisole HCL, but this seems to be very difficult to find in the UK in it's raw form. I've seen it as Harker Verm liquid wormer 100ml, but am not sure of the % of Levamisole (I read on one forum that it's 80%, but not sure if this is true as another forum said 8%). I've read the article here regarding the dosing, but am still not sure of just how much I would need to dose. My tank is 1100 Litres (241.966073 UK Gallons / 290.589258 US).
Does anyone know how much of this Harker Verm I would need (assuming it's 80% or 8% levamisole)? I understand the reccomended dose is 2mg per litre, (but it can be overdosed to about 50mg p/l without any ill effect - not that I plan on doing this!). Any simple explanations with examples would really help! I understand I need to dose this 3 times several weeks apart. I've also looked at 'Levamisole 7.5% Wormer for Cattle and Sheep', but again I'm still not sure how much of this I would need to dose. Any ideas on what I should get & where I can get it?
Is this the best course of action? I've also researched Wormer Plus from Plymouth Discus which contains 'Flubendazole', but I've read mixed things about just how well this does or doesn't remove the worms. The other medication I read about was SERA Nematol, but again have heard mixed reactions & it's also solvent based, so I'd rather avoid it.
Anyway thanks in advance for your advice.
Thanks. The metronidazole is prescription only in The UK & apparently also comes in one form as a vaginal Gel!UVvis wrote:I'm not sure what is what name wise in the UK, but can you get praziquantel or metronidazole?
I did find praziquantel for sale in the UK sold as Fluke-Solve http://www.fish-treatment.co.uk/products.html (hooray something that isn't prescription only)! so might give that a try. How effective is praziquantel? (just found this article: http://www.zebrapleco.com/articles/4_tr ... _worms.php that says it's not very good)I just don't want to have to keep treating with various medications.
I was ideally hoping to treat with the levamisole as it's supposed to be so effective & easy going on the fish. If anyone can help with this it would be great. alternatively I'll see about getting the praziquantel as suggested.
Thanks, have already read the article. I'm after some advice on where to get Lavamisole from & help with dosing if I purchase it as cattle wormer etc.EmilyMarie85 wrote:I'd go with the Levamisole - I have treated my clowns with it, with no ill effects. Try this: http://www.loaches.com/disease-treatmen ... chloride-1
As far as dosing goes, that article tells you how long, how much, etc. under the "Recommended Dosage" and "Dosage Calculation" sections.
I've had some success with flubendazole too (wormer plus by Kusuri) and JBL do one called Nedol containing Benzimidadol which is hard to source and even more expensive as it comes in tiny bottles (100ml) and the solution is quite weak.
Get yourself some levacide. Your profile doesn't say where you are..
http://aquaweb.pair.com/forums/archives ... ?read=5080
1.) Fenbendazole positively works with camallanus worms. Can be dissolved in water and soak blood worms in it. (If you need this info -- how much water/Fenbedozole, let me know, and I can look up the article. I know it works, because we carry it in the store I work in and the feed back has been 100% success. Yea!)
2.) In the US you can get Levamisole from Joe Gargas at http://www.aquaresearchcenter.com/ I do not know if he sends internationally. He sells it in a measured bottle, which makes it super easy to dose. Before I met Joe, I couldn't find Levamisole anywhere.
On a slightly unrelated note, his rocket filters work great. You don't have to pay outrageous prices to replace the cartridges on the hang on the back filters. They are similar to the sponge filters of the past, but updated. He hand makes them and can customize them. I use them in my fry and shrimp tanks, but he also uses larger ones in his big discus tanks.
I've looked all over and it's really, really tough to find ANYWHERE that sells a treatment for this worm. It's supposed to be the worst thing you can get in your tank. I keep ALL my gadgets separate for each tank so I don't ever mix equipment intentionally for this reason. Good luck.
Oops. I just read the note above mine...lucky you....an actual source of Levimisole. The stuff is tough to find.
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