Can I Use Anti-parasite Meds With Corys In The Tank?

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HI all

I have a 20G long aquarium set up, my water parameters are good (Ammonia and Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10-20, Ph of 7).

I've got Cherry Barbs in with Panda Corys, I've noticed a few of the Barbs are flashing, no white spots, thought it might be a parasite or fluke problem. Unfortunately, I don't have a quarantine tank set up.

I got talked into buying Interpet Anti-Parasite meds, but noticed on the box it says not to use with scaleless fish. It contains formaldehyde and copper.

Anyone got any personal experience using it or similar with corys in the tank? Is it safe to use as a one off?
 

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It says no scaleless fish on the box for a reason. Personally I wouldn't risk it. I believe there are a few that people have sucessfully used a half dose of, for twice the time, but not all meds are safe to do that with. There are quite a few other meds that are safe to use on scaleless fish though.
 
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Iboughtmykidfish said:
It says no scaleless fish on the box for a reason. Personally I wouldn't risk it. I believe there are a few that people have sucessfully used a half dose of, for twice the time, but not all meds are safe to do that with. There are quite a few other meds that are safe to use on scaleless fish though.
Okay so I've seen an alternative online that says safe for "all freshwater fish" but not invertebrates, but it has copper sulphate and formaldehyde in it as well.

What ingredients should I look to avoid? Are there any meds you'd recommend?
 

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The only thing for parasites I have any experience with is the paraguard by seachem. I've never used with scaleless fish, but I have with snails and everyone survived. It also doesn't have any warnings to not use with scaleless fish, and has no formalin, so that would be my best bet..

I just thought of this. I bet Coradee can help. They know their stuff when it comes to those guys.
 

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Hi, sorry I haven’t used that product. I do know Esha products are safe for corys, again I haven’t personally used them, & as the Op is in the Uk Esha products are readily available.
DoubleDutch is the cory meds’ guru
 

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Coradee said:
Hi, sorry I haven’t used that product. I do know Esha products are safe for corys, again I haven’t personally used them, & as the Op is in the Uk Esha products are readily available.
DoubleDutch is the cory meds’ guru
Not really. No Seachem meds available here.


To my knowledge Paraquard is safe but
the websites tells to be carefull with sensitive fish not mentioning Corys. To be sure you could start with lower dose.

Seachem - ParaGuard

But there can be other reasons for them to flash. Is it a good idea to use meds right away ?
 
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DoubleDutch said:
Not really. No Seachem meds available here.


To my knowledge Paraquard is safe but
the websites tells to be carefull with sensitive fish not mentioning Corys. To be sure you could start with lower dose.

Seachem - ParaGuard

But there can be other reasons for them to flash. Is it a good idea to use meds right away ?
Ah DoubleDutch I think I've spoken to you before!

My LFS sells paraguard so it'd be easy for me to get hold of.

I've been monitoring them for the last few days, first thinking it would be water parameters, I've tested each day since then and noticed no problems with Ammonia or Nitrite, small increases in Nitrate but I do a 20% WC twice per week anyway.

No external signs on the affected fish other than them flashing quite regularly.

Can you think of anything else I should look for?
 

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JoshYoungman said:
Ah DoubleDutch I think I've spoken to you before!

My LFS sells paraguard so it'd be easy for me to get hold of.

I've been monitoring them for the last few days, first thinking it would be water parameters, I've tested each day since then and noticed no problems with Ammonia or Nitrite, small increases in Nitrate but I do a 20% WC twice per week anyway.

No external signs on the affected fish other than them flashing quite regularly.

Can you think of anything else I should look for?
Is the Ph stabil ?
 

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