So I have a new 500l tank with a number of Cichlids and someone just isn't right!
A few had sunken bellies and the two original fish I moved to a different tank when I noticed they started getting really bloated. These are dragon's blood peacocks.
I thought this could be constipation rather than bloat so I soaked their food in epsom salt and added a little to the tank, fed them veggies for a few days and it seemed to subside.
But then I noticed a lot of the 14 fish in my main aquarium had sunken belly so straight away true to source a dewormer to add to their food, but seems you can't source anything decent in the UK!
In the end I went for Octozin and treated the whole tank for 3 days (20 tablets each day). About 6 days overall and only one loss (it was a very young fish so maybe didn't have the strength). Another is very ill and in another tank, again a very young fish, and Azureus F1 :(
Some of the fish look OK, I removed some sand, cleaned it well, did a 60% water change. However the 3 sciaenochromis still have sunken bellies, but their shape is a little different.
The dragons blood peacocks just look an odd shape to me, a little bloated with sunken belly as the same time!
Can anyone help with what to do? Is it most likely worms? I've just treated with fluke-solve which treats tapeworm but again this is straight into the tank.
They don't look right, do they? I would personally treat with Kusuri Wormer Plus which is a broad-ranging treatment that works for tapeworms, leeches, gill flukes, body flukes, and internal helminths such as roundworms, pinworms, nematodes, hydra, ick, velvet and protozoa plus a host of other pests
This product uses a different active ingredient (Flubendazole) which kills more parasites than Flukesolve. It's dosed straight into the water and is very effective. Do a large, (50% or more) water change before using it.
Also, if you use carbon in your filter, remove it before treating as carbon will absorb medication.