Flashing Against Rocks

Discussion in 'Advanced Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Jon Bennett, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    Hi all,

    I have recently noticed that a couple of my odessa barbs are flashing/scratching against rocks in my aquarium.

    I also noticed that a couple of them have had some white stringy poo.

    I believe these symptoms are a sign of parasites in the fish.

    Any advice would be fantastic thanks.

    All parameters are perfect. So this isn't a water quality issue

    Thanks again

  2. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Could you post your parameters? Also pictures of the fish?
    Stocking? Especially snails or other invertebrates? Scaleless fish?
  3. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    0 ammonia
    0 nitrites
    20 nitrates
    Ph 7.2

    The fish are very healthy otherwise still eating, good colours.

    I have cardinals rummies barbs and corys.

  4. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Do you think you could post a couple pictures?
  5. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    This is the best I can get. Sorry. 20180624_100039.jpg

  6. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

  7. Discus-Tang

    Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    I'm gonna go with diagnosis: internal parasite. Have you noticed any red 'splinters' protruding from the affected fish's anus? If yes, buy levamisole hydrochloride, dosed at 2ppm. If no, treat with API general cure or kanaplex

    Be warned, these medications will kill invertebrates, like shrimp or snails.
  8. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    I can't see anything wrong with the picture, it looks like a normal Odessa barb.
    I'll have to agree with @Discus-Tang, most likely internal parasites.
  9. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    Do I medicate the whole tank? Will it destroy my bacterial filter?
  10. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Yes. Treat the whole tank. Using General cure won't harm your biological filtration and other fish could be newly infected without showing signs yet.
  11. TheeLadyG

    TheeLadyGValued MemberMember

    When I first brought my goldfish home, one of them was being an especially spastic swimmer and she would 'flash' against a piece of vertical tubing in the tank; she quickly went from that to laboring to breathe on the bottom of the tank. I used API General Cure according to its directions and also gave her 30 minute salt baths for about 5 days. She bounced right back. I suspect she had gill flukes. The meds go into the tank water. You can find instructions for salt baths online, it's pretty easy. I'm using an undergravel filter, so my entire gravel bed is my bio-filter, and everything was just fine.

    If you suspect also internal parasites, you can make medicated food to get the meds into them directly. There are great instructions online for doing that, also! But I recommend acting quickly, seems to me that parasites can go south really quickly.
  12. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Kanaplex won't work. It's for bacteria. Get API GENERAL CURE or PRAZIPRO.
  13. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    I'm in UK. It would appear that API general cure isn't readily available here.
  14. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Is Kanaplex available there? If not, hit me back and I'll do some research for you.
  15. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    Hi. No It isn't. The trouble is, we don't even know what sort of parasite this is do we? I'm terrified it's going to spread throughout my whole aquarium. I'm starting to panic a bit.
  16. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Give me a few minutes to research other treatments.

    How about your chances of getting Waterlife's brand of Myxazin?
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 24, 2018
  17. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I’ve never used it but have heard Waterlife Octozin used with success for internal parasites
  18. OP

    Jon BennettValued MemberMember

    I can get myxazin, but it says that's for bacterial infections, not parasites
  19. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Strange...It came up under the wrong heading. I'm still trying.
  20. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

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