For oral use as prophylactic treatment or when I notice symptoms that I believe may be GI related (lack of appetite, emaciation, dark skin, self isolation, etc.)
1. Make a medicated solution by dissolving a packet of API General Cure (i.e.) in a few ounces of RO water and add Seachem Focus or a little natural gelatin powder. Mix well.
2. Pour several tablespoons (as needed per amount of fish for some 16 days of total treatment) of Freeze Dried Blood Worm in a bowl.
3. Pour the medicated solution you made over the FDBW and knead them until the solution has been absorbed by the FDBW.
5. Fish should have been fasted for at least 24 (I'll easily do 36-48 hours)
6. Feed in the morning and in the evening, just enough to keep them hungry for next meal... common sense and observation.
The API General Cure as I said contains basically metro, prazi and salt, nothing else and I will usually use it for prophylactic treatment of healthy looking fish that may be a bit short of appetite.
If the fish show definite symptoms, I will instead use pure metronidazole (Flagyl) and mix it with a veterinary grade product which combines prazi, febantel and pyrantel (instead of API General Cure), among these products I have used brand names Bayer Drontal Plus and Canidon (Greece).
DURING TREATMENT OF NEWLY ACQUIRED SYMPTOMATIC FISH I FEED ABOVE MEDICATED PREP FOR 3-4 WEEKS. ON DAYS 1-4 OF THE WEEK I PROVIDE THE MEDICATED FEED AND ON DAYS 5-7, I PROVIDE ONE MEAL OF FROZEN BRINE SHRIMP PER DAY. SO ITS 4 DAYS ON MEDICATED FEED AND 3 DAYS OFF, FOR A MAX OF FOUR WEEKS OR ONE WEEK AFTER THE FISH LOOK TO BE WELL RECOVERED. USE COMMON SENSE, THE MORE EMACIATED AND SICK YOUR FISH ARE, THE LONGER THEY WILL TAKE TO RECOVER, BUT FISH THAT ARE JUST POOR IN APPETITE AND THAT ARE OTHERWISE HEALTHY NEED LESS TREATMENT. IF YOUR FISH LOOK GOOD WHEN THEY ARRIVE AS FAR AS WEIGHT AND SUBSTANCE, TWO TREATMENT SESSIONS SHOULD BE ENOUGH.
DURING THE ENTIRE TREATMENT MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UN THE T AT 88 TO 90F. YOU CAN LOWER THE T TO AROUND 84-86F ON THE REST DAYS (BRINE SHRIMP DAYS).
For rapid breathing or scraping against objects due to apparent gill or skin parasites, but fish are otherwise eating well and look normal.
1. Hikari Prazipro (a proprietary liquid formulation containing praziquantel) directly in water column. For altums and heckel discus I use (as you said), half the dose recommended on label on the first day. If all looks well, I add 25% more on the second day. This is still below the recommended concentration but it has worked for me.
2. On green discus and scalare I have used the normal dose (full 100%) as of the second day, also starting the first day at 50%.
I have never used Hikari Prazipro in the feed but I am curious if it can be done and not kill the fish. Prazipro is highly absorbed and ready to use, no need of dissolving.
A final note: The contents of a new bottle of Prazipro will turn into a milky solution for a few seconds as it hits the water column and make the water very slightly turbid, clearing up in a few hours. I once purchased an older bottle and when adding to the aquarium, I saw no milky reaction, it was simply clear, and the fish had a bad reaction... I had to change water fast. So if you need to buy some, make sure it is from a store that moves a good inventory quickly.
I RARELY SEE FISH TREATED BY THE ORAL METHOD SUFFERING FROM SKIN AND GILL FLUKES.
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