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A. cacatuiodes: Lost male, losing female, not responding to treatment

Discussion in 'Dwarf Cichlid Health' started by Strong Style, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Strong Style

    Strong Style New Member

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    I purchased a pair of A. cacatuiodes a few weeks ago. The male died a few days after suffering from lethargy and slight abdominal bloating. The female looked fine then. Now she's suffering from exactly the same symptoms and perhaps is even a bit more bloated and today I see white string feces hanging off her. I've dealt with similar in blue rams before and metronidizole took care of the problem. Thus, while the male was still alive, I began dosing API general cure (has metro and praziquantel). Unfortunately, it seems like it is not working as the female stick got sick and will probably not make it. Nothing else is in the tank and it is cycled. Should I try a strong antibiotic like Kanaplex?
  2. gerald

    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    There's many possible causes: nematodes, protozoa, bacteria, etc. Even though the apparent symptoms may look the same as what your rams had. If you can't ID the underlying cause, treatment is a shot in the dark. But yes, Kanaplex might be worth a try.
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    You don't really know, but I would suspect Camallanus worms, purely because they are common in commercially produced Apistogramma, which often die before showing visible signs of infection.

    <"Levamisole"> is worth a try.

    cheers Darrel
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  4. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    All good reasons to have a tank specifically for quarantine.
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  5. central tanks

    central tanks Active Member

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    Sounds like a form of internal parasite for sure. Mike is right QT is very important.

    Another suggestion in the future is buy from a breeder that's well known over buying from a LFS, if possible. If your in the United states there is lots of breeders to buy from. Doing this gives you a much better opportunity to know exactly how your fish have been kept and what they may have been exposed to. Also breeders normally care for the fish better and provide healthier habitats. Well known and highly recommended ones wont sell there fry if they have doubts or see a health concern in there tank.

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