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  1. So I've noticed one of my discus (in a tank with 3 other discus, 4 cories and 2 SAE's), had a reddish worm protruding out of its anal area and I've come to the conclusion that it's come down with camallanus worms, it isn't showing any symptoms yet but I'd like to treat the whole tank before it gets too out of hand. Im looking to treat with Levamisole hydrochloride and I'm trying to decide between Sykes Big L Wormer (Active Constituents: Levamisole Hydrochloride 16g/Kg) or Avitrol Plus Bird Wormer Tablets (Levamisole hydrochloride 20mg, Praziquantel 4mg), I'd prefer to go with the Avitrol, unless someone suggests otherwise as it is a lot cheaper, at least for me. In regards to the treatment procedure, am I correct in saying that I should treat all the fish in the main tank and vacuum the gravel frequently. Then repeat again in 2 weeks time and 2 weeks again after that, just to be sure. Could I move them to a hospital tank every time to do the treatment in order to make vacuuming the worms easier? Or should I leave the fish in the main tank Thank you so much for all your help in advance.
  2. There was a earlier thread last year on this issue but unfortunately it did not supply the remedy for this worm. This thread is for information for removing Cammalanus Worm and for no other purpose. If there is any other information I have missed or other Medication please add to this post or if you know of other parasites that it will deal with please add to the post. I do not want to see this post removed as it is to help people so lets keep on track with its purpose!! This little worm generally does not show up regularly but experienced fish keepers will be aware of it but not normally known by those entering the hobby at a early stage. The worm itself can be identified as small red string like hanging from the fishes anus. There usually are more than one and are contagious and will spread throughout the tank and can be spread from tank to tank via water transfer ie splashing or water swapping and also transmitted either by the fish themselves or nets going from one tank to another. The early signs of the parasite’s presence are typically unnoticed. The victims show a minor swelling of the belly and may go off their food. Usually the fish have no problems laying eggs until the infection has reached the stage of showing protrusion from the anus. In the end, the anus and reproductive organs of the fish become so irritated and inflamed that secondary infection sets in and the swelling causes enough hemorrhaging to cause the victim to bleed to death or it dies from internal bacterial infection. In addition to this obvious outside appearance, the worm has been found in the body cavity of infected hosts. This may explain some of the mysterious deaths one sees in fishes which have been successfully treated for the nematode. The adult worm has died inside the body cavity and decayed inside the host fish. As with most parasites, there are two main body functions of this worm, reproduction and nourishment. The attachment inside the fishes gut is by what appears to be a simple row of long hooks. Closer examination revels a burr like structure. Attachment to the intestinal wall causes considerable damage to the host’s intestines. The remainder of the body of the worm is dedicated to reproduction. Microscopic larvae from this parasite are constantly being produced and dumped into the water. A secondary host is necessary to carry on the life cycle. There is a simple fix by using Panacur and it is generally used 2ml per 100 liters. It is also suggested that a followup dosage be applied 2 weeks later. The worms should be expelled within the first hour of treatment where the fish will pass the worm through the anus. It would be suggested when administering the medication to get a small container and add water from the tank to be treated and add the dosage to the container - the water will go a milky white colour and then pour the container into the tank - the tank will take on a milky white water colour. It should also be noted that when using media, ie in a canister or sump connected to the tank, carbon can remove the effectiveness of the medication. It is recommended to remove the carbon and replace with new carbon and where possible all media to make sure of the effectiveness of the medication. Panacur is more known in the cattle industry where it is widely used and when purchased may have a picture of cattle on the front of the medication. Below is 3 images showing the cammalanus worm on a catfish.
  3. Had to upload onto youtube as it wouldn't let me upload the video straight onto hear sorry. But I hope someone can help me identify what this worm is as there's quite a few throughout my tank. I'm worried that they will somehow kill my L002 and L134's in the tank. How do i get rid of them? Thanks in advance
  4. I've got these worms in the tank and am wondering what they are? They are in a shrimp/khuli loach tank, will they do any damage? I'm going to try to get rid of them in a gravel change but are there any ways to get rid of them with traps? Thank.
  5. Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum after looking at it several hundred times and I finally had enough of a reason to get on it. I recently had a guppy die-off due to camallanus worms and I only just confirmed it today by looking at my betta's poo. I cannot for the life of me find anything less than 1L of Panacure and I was wondering if anyone in the South Brisbane area might have some they are willing to sell to me? I don't really want to buy 1L of it when all I'll be using is about 100ml. Also, is there any other product that I can buy that will help with my little problem? I also have a siamese flying fox and an otocinclus in the tank with red cherry shrimp and pest snails. I would rather keep my shrimp alive (snail death doesn't bother me) but if I can't avoid killing my shrimp, then I can't avoid it. I am also willing to buy a litre of it if anyone wants to split it with me to keep the cost down. Thanks! Have a lovely day Meredith.
  6. Anyone have any idea where I can get some Bloodworms/Bristleworm in the brisbane area? i know sometimes you end up with them in the food or on plants but i'm not having any luck finding any LFS that have them live, they only seem to have the black worms which aren't suitable for what i want to do. or... alternatively can someone suggest a good worm for my substrate to keep it aerated? Thanks
  7. Hey All, Wanted to find out if anyone knows if earth worms can live under water? I was doing the regular water change over the weekend and sucked up a worm approx 4cm long. It looks like an earth worm but I haven't fed them any for over 3 weeks. it is wriggling around actively, i have put it in a jar of water and it is still alive this morning. I have tried uploading a photo I took but can't yet. Hopefully I can get that sorted. I don't think the fish have worms as they seem healthy as usual. thanks, hopefully someone can shed some light on it for me.
  8. An acquaintance involved in the aquaculture industry [fish farming] was telling me about RED WORMS that one can use to keep a tank's gravel substrate clean. Apparently these little creatures burrow into the gravel, etc and eat up all the fish poo and mulm converting it into ammonia and nitrates. Anybody out there know anything about this, and if it is true, where do I get Red Worms from?
  9. Hi everyone, I purchased a green severum 6 days ago from petbarn. All the severums were tiny maybe just under the size of a 20 cent piece. I now have it in a 38G growout with some rainbow fish. (rainbows are bigger than severum) Is a planted tank with river sand and driftwood. Fitration is a hamburg matten filter utilizing poret foam. Severum is active but will not eat anything but frozen (thawed) bloodworms. I have tried flake, crushed hikari pellets (had to crush as he couldn't fit the small ones in mouth..but ultimately spat this out)..tried mashed peas, zucchini...it is getting frustrating that he wont eat...he seems healthy though for now, but I just want to know if anyone can suggest an alternative food I might try..I was going to look for some worms tommorrow..even though they are going to have to be very small..there is no way he will be able to eat a big one. This is my first south american fish and I want to ensure that I am doing all I can to raise a healthy fish. Thanks.
  10. .So I've been doing some thinking(danger!!) about stingrays from South America and how recently they have became very popular. I myself do not own a ray but my limited understanding of them are Leo are the most expensive then Mantila and Motoro being the cheapest (please correct me if I'm wrong). The question i would like to ask is, why are people cross breeding rays? If this continues would they just end up like cichlid's?, (not knowing if your fish is pure) Or does this not matter?
  11. .I was in the herb patch yesterday afternoon and came across a few earth worms so I thought I would see how my American and Silver Dollars liked them.....They loved them! Just wanted to find out if it is okay to feed them with these occasionally? We don't use any chemicals on the herb patch so I'm not worried about that but just if there is any other reason they shouldn't have them? Thanks
  12. get your attention ? just did a w c on my shrimp tank and seen 3 white worms climbing the glass they are about10 mm long and sort of look like they have a pointed head what are rjey and how do i kill the suckers
  13. It's not as though my poor fish haven't been through enough already! I just did a partial water change, and dosed with paraguard and added salt and Epsom salt (there were strands of intestinal lining draped over the driftwood- from my gibbiceps) So as usual, after the water change and treatment, I fed them- then as I watched to see if my very sick green sev was going to eat, I noticed dozens- maybe hundreds! of tiny white wiggly worms!! Over the past couple of days, I had thought I'd seen worm like critters trying to attach to my featherfin (being black it was noticeable on him) but my eyesight isn't the best and he'd swim away before I could find out for sure. Next time I saw him it was gone, so I put it down to debris in the water and my paranoia. So I took a little video, and have uploaded the best stills I could get from it. It doesn't help that as I have lowered the water level, there are micro bubbles in the water, but maybe someone has had these and will know what they are? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Gday guys, ive got six discus now, and had them for over 5 weeks, they were a little slow to start eating but eventually got there four of them eat anything no worries at all, but i have a pair of large blue turqs that took the longest to start eating, i fed them live black worms for a week and they went mental over them and were eating really well, however now that im not feeding live BW they seem to just mouth the food more than anything and im worried theyre not getting wat they need, whats peoples opinions on live black worms for these guys? how often should you feed them? is it safe to be a big part of theyre diet? let us know your experiences please!
  15. Hi guys, I found a few of these lovely big juicy worms in my substrate yesterday whilst cleaning the tank. I feed my Cory's blackworms so I assume that is how it got in there. Are they harmless to them or should I endeavour to remove them as I see them? Thanks,
  16. So I have had these in a couple of my tanks over the years and gave my 6x2x2 a thorough clean on the weekend, sucked up about 10 but this was the biggest. Kind of like a beach worm in shape and they swim down when the suctions on them so they're not silly haha. If anyone knows what they are i'd be pretty interested, also could these be coming through the tap water? Thanks
  17. Setting up a new tank and this morning noticed a large worm which looked a bit like an earth worm. Took it out and found another soon after. How do I get rid of them? There are no fish in the tank yet but there are plants
  18. Hey guys, I have really small white worms in my tank. Anyone know what they could be? I've never seen them until today. Sorry for the bad picture. They're approx 7mm long, they're the white lines at the water line. Is this something I should be concerned about? I haven't added anything in the water so I'm confused how they got there. I only have snails in this tank. Any help is appreaciated.
  19. Yeah sorry to be a pest, can anyone in Townsville help me out with a few grindle worms. I have micro worms and vinegar-eels. I got some white worms in with them before i'd done my research lol .... it's too hot here ..... my woman let me use the fridge, but that was too cold. So yeah I'm looking to source grindle worms asap. The smallest start you could spare would be appreciated.
  20. Just one more example of how interesting it can get when the combination of recreational collecting/field trips are combined with your part of the reef kept at home. What follows is a pic I took ages ago of the eggs that are laid on the tube of tube worms and when they hatch they go in to the tube and devour the tubeworm from below. This I found out by accident many years ago, like most things that I do. I knew I had the original pic somewhere, but could only find the processed one till the other day. Usually you buy the tube worm and they may already have one of these predators in there with them ready to multiply and spread through your tank if food is available. The egg blisters did not look like they should be a problem to tube worms, not that I would have had any idea back then, until just before lights out one night years ago, around the late 90s I think it was that I observed the hatching of some of them and into that tube some went. I took the tube worm out and sliced it open and to see if these things live with tube worms, there were two in there and not much tube worm left of the actual feather duster worm and one was attached to the tube worm where there was damage. Makes you think, hey!
  21. Hi. I was wondering if anyone worms there cichlids periodically, or weather worming is something only needed when you have a sick fish???
  22. Hello all. Only tonight I noticed one of my Keyhole cichlids, a female, has developed an indented stomach and only mouths at food and doesn't eat any. She has been lethargic the last few days, but I recently put a new filter to use alongside the current one and thought a mini spike could be causing it. Anyway, I wanted to know, will this treat internal parasites and worms (providing there's even a difference) and if I treat the entire tank, will it cause any issues with uninfected fish? Fish in the tank are. Adolfoi Corydoras Emerald Brochis Cardinal Tetras Neon Tetras Glowlight Tetras Penguin Tetras Rosy Tetras Peppermint Catfish Kuhli Loach Keyhole Cichlid The product in mind is this Kusuri 20G - Sydney Discus World Aquariums Thanks.
  23. Does anyone know where I can get some Cheers Marty
  24. Ok I just checked my water height in my sump and I've found these black worms about 8-9 mm long and .5=1mm round in the top layer of filter mat. What are they and should I be concerned? The fish seem heathy and happy, it's a 6x2x2 tank filled with Africans Cheers scott
  25. hey ive lookin into these and i want some to grow/breed in my tank to feed the fish. only issue is it seems that they have a pretty good chance of killing the fish due to a living condition. so who knows where and how many i should get to put in my tank? has to be GOOD quality to minimise the risk.
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