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Male GBR Very Unwell

Discussion in 'Other South American Dwarf Cichlids' started by spinon, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. spinon

    spinon New Member

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    Hi Folks,

    My adult male GBR is very unwell. Firstly, he had a sunken abdomen. Then, much of his colour faded. He then became very lethargic. I started to suspect an internal parasite problem. After much reading, the evidence suggested Hexamita Intestinalis caused by Spironucleus. I read that food pre-soaked in a 3% Epsom Salts solution is effective against Spironucleus. I've been feeding him on this twice a day for the last two days. This evening, he was unable to take food. Furthermore, there were tiny creatures just behind his left gill operculum. I decided to treat the whole hospital tank with a broad-spectrum treatment called Interpet 'Disease Away'.

    Would anyone care to suggest what may be causing this sudden illness?

    Thanks in advance.

    spinon
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    How long has the fish had a sunken belly?
    I've kept and reared thousands of gbr's and sadly hardly ever pulled one back from the sunken belly look. So many imported Rams already hv this look in lfs tanks and is why I always suggest buying locally bred fish if possible.
    One solution I've had work for sick Rams like this, though only one or two successes, is to combine eSHa Hexamita with eSHa Gdex as suggested on eSHa's website. I find eSHa products really do work and are only medication I now use for the usual Cichlid issues. I think medicated food probably is best choice for internal parasites so long as diagnosis is accurate, but here in UK those generally are not available.

    Really hope your fish pulls through...

    Ade.
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    One more thing... I don't know how local you are to me, but if you pass through the Midlands at any time your more than welcome to have a few Rams for free. I have a beautiful batch growing out currently at about 1 inch long, many pairs available which are already spawning.

    Ade.