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A. Macmasteri with swollen vent

Discussion in 'Dwarf Cichlid Health' started by Sostratos, May 1, 2014.

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    Sostratos New Member

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    I have a pair of Macmasteri in a 55g planted tank. I noticed yesterday that the female has a noticeably swollen vent, and she's acting somewhat shy. I just did a water change Tuesday, although I haven't been having any issues with water quality. I feed them flake food with weekly treats of frozen bloodworm, and they share the tank with a single Angelfish, some nerite snails, and a bristlenose pleco.


    I snapped this pic just before I made this post. She's been mostly hovering in the corner with her mouth slightly open, as you can see here. DSC_03631.jpg
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Camel-anus .... thus the "hump" ... (sorry couldn't resist) ;)
    That does look like Camallanus symptom, but it might be a different parasite or bacterial infection.
    Look carefully for the little worm-tails poking out when the fish is sitting still.
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    Sostratos New Member

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    Unfortunately, the little female died. I never saw any worms poking out. I think she must have had some sort of obstruction that she couldn't pass.
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    Josh Administrator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    :( Sorry she didn't make it.

    @gerald I must admit, I LOLed
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    Sorry resurrecting an old topic. My A.cacatuoides has same thing and last a couple of days it keeps hiding in a cave most of the times. I dont see any blood or worms coming out from the vent. How likely it is a Camallanus? Should I start Levamisole HCl regardless of correct diagnosis or keep watching afew more days?
    Thanks in advance
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    Daneland New Member

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    It came out from the cave and I took some photos. They dont show the swollen vent clear. It has sort of convulsions, shakes itself and occasionally makes erratic movement. I saw him once when rubbing his back to a piece of wood. Female had a similar protrusion but it disappeared when I saw it last or almost did.

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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    The clamped fins and dark colour make that a fairly unhappy looking Apistogramma. The first photo looks pretty definitive for Camallanus, and I would treat the fish straight away.

    "Harka Verm"
    I used at 12 cm3 in 60 litres. Details are in <"Camallanus worms"> thread.

    cheers Darrel
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    OK i dosed with Harka Verm today @1.00 pm , poor male is still hiding in a cave and cant see female at all,. But she was in a better shape yesterday .
    My question how quickly should I expect them to recover ?
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    Another update, today after 24 hour from the medication, male apisto was looking better and fins were not clamped, but still shaking and more importantly I can see fiber like things still are sticking out from the anus and it is swollen. I dosed 10 ml again and I will wait until tomorrow evening. I guess, worms should have gone by now from its anus, isn't it ?
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    The female has gone and male still has worms,I did medication for 3 days and doubled the dose last day.I took dithers in to another tank.It is an empty cycled shrimp tank.I will keep them there until I am sure they dont have anything in their system. I dont think that I can save the male, is euthanasia right way to go? I will empty the water with a really good siphoning of the substrate.I dont want to get rid of the sand substrate as washing it a new bag of sane will be a real pain. How can I disinfect it from worms, cysts etc? w/o changing the substrate. There are only a few plant that I can remove. I am really pissed off, they were in the main tank before I transferred them to 60L and I dont know what I will do if an outbreak starts there. Little buggers they are really pain in the a%$
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Overuse of antibiotic and anti-parasite drugs at ornamental fish farms has created drug-resistant strains in recent years. Camallanus and several other diseases are more common now in aquarium fish world-wide, and harder to treat than in years past.

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