Yesterday I noticed worms coming out of the mouth and eye of one of my cardinals and one attached to the side of a cardinal. I picked up some medication yesterday as thought this can't wait. The only thing the shop had that mentioned flukes etc. was Tetra lifeguard all in one treatment. They are tablets that you put in the water (1 tablet for each 30l) each 24 hours for 5 days. Unfortunaly they can't be used with invertebrates but since I only had 2 shrimp decided the fish were more important.
I wondered if anyone had experience with this or can advise me how else I could treat them. Any recommended treatment would have to be suitable for loaches.
Thank you in advance.
Many of the parasite treatments can be used not just on fish, but also on dogs, cats and even farm stock, so there ought to be lots of info about mammals. Less info about fish.
There are many types of parasites.
Any one medication won't work on them all. Combined meds might, though.
If you still see active parasites I would give the fish a break from the medication. Treat again perhaps after a week. Also, this gives the parasites a chance to hatch or come out of some resting stage when they might not be as susceptible to medications.
Fish with other symptoms (pop eye, other) might be treated for that, if you can figure out what is causing it. There are parasites that infest the eyes of their host. Pop eye can also be a bacterial or other problem.
Happy fish keeping!
The medication says exactly what you've said in that for trematodes it doesn't affect the eggs so you have to do a second treatment in a week.
Thanks again, I'm off to look at pictures to see if I can pinpoint what this parasite is.
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