As Jibran mentioned above - we need to get more insight, before we actually advise you to go ahead with this...
Deworming is done on a healthy FH , as medically its done as a maintenance regime, however I am not in support of this..... looking at your description, I am not convinced whether the FH you have is at best of its health, and there could be many reasons and may not be anything related to stomach or digestive system. Before we apply any meds, its better we know the exact cause of his problem .. Or else that's going to make him further weak..
Need to know what type of FH and details about its living conditions.. a photograph would help...
I would sincerely suggest.. to go light on food... keep lot of hiding spaces in the tank, give some pebbles for him to play with .. Improve filtration and perform no large water changes... I think he is just stressed.... Having Medicines work on 1.5 inches baby FH is very risky...
Anyways below is the general procedure for Deworming for your knowledge sake ... I would not perform this procedure on this baby ...
1. Temp Raised to 30 degrees ..
2. 250 mg Metronidazole (Metrogyl 400) or Flubendazole (Enterofuran - M) in 100 Litres of water ..( if applying directly in the water...)
3. If your fish is eating .. we can feed metro with food also - put the metro in luke warm water (it will dissolve easily), soak the pellets in this Metro solution for 15 minutes (Pellets will grow in size) .... Use pellets which are low in protein content... No Bio Gold Plus please... let it go light on his Stomach - The best would be Hikari Cichlid Staple
4. Repeat the above for two more consecutive days ...with daily 50% water changes (in case you are applying directly in water)
5. So in Week 1 - You apply medicines for three consecutive days - in case applying directly in water, change 50% water daily after 24 hours and before applying next dose..
Continue normal food - Go light on food.. no heavy protein feed please.. No live worms, no color enhancers, humpy stuffs.. just a good plain cichlid staple... --- This week No medicines, normal diets and living conditions..
Perform the exact procedure of what you have done in Week 1
In case your FH has some disease or internal infection.. .. The above deworming procedure would not work.. We need to apply Metro for treatment, for which dosage and durations are different...
There is also a commercial veterinary drug available called "Praziquantel" .. which is used effectively deworming- available as powder sachets..
Never used... So do not know the procedure...
When we mean 'deworming', our intention is to get rid of worms. Metronidazole is used to cure internal Hexamita or flagellate issues. Metro does not help getting rid of any worms like tapeworm, anchorworm etc.
Praziquantel is most popular deworming medicine widely used for this treatment.
2. First of all, when you do deworming - you do not gut load your fish, so soaking 50 pellets is out of question. You feed him half or sometimes even less than that ...the regular amount. So if you dissolve 250 mg of Metronidazole in 50 ml of water, soaking half of the quantity of his regular diet.. will suffice for the fish of its respective size.. Fish on an partially full or empty stomach specially Oscars, FH's on an increased temperature will have higher metabolism rate and hence medicines would be absorbed faster...
3. When you add medicines to water, dosage depends on the severity of the disease, current condition of the fish and water volume.. Not by the size or weight of the fish. Size or weight of the fish is important when you feed the medicine through its food..
Thanks a lot for answering the queries. I was using 50 pellets just as an example.
Since you mentioned that when administering the medicine orally one needs to be careful of the dosage I have more doubts. Now for example suppose I soak 100 pellet in 50ml of water which contains 250mg of metro. Also lets assume that all the water gets absorbed then each of the pellet now contains 2.5mg of metro. So if I feed say 20 pellets the fish eats it all it takes about 50mg of metro. Is that a right dosage?
Framing my question better... what should be the per day oral dosage of metro in mg/(weight or size) of fish.
Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:40 pm Post subject: Re: Want complete guidelines on how to deworm a baby Flowerh
BTW, just as an update, I did not de-worm the FH. It was stressed due to a black background in the tank. While in a conversation with Jib he helped me immensely (like always) to pin point the problem. Once the back ground was removed the fish came back to its prime health in a matter of 24 hours. He was doing fine with me. Was cause it is not with me anymore and has found a new owner. Hwoever, this thread has the info for de-worming and can be used for future reference, so both my objectives have been successfully achieved. Thanks a ton guys for all the very useful info.
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