I just wanted to mention there is a better form of levamisole available. It should be near the oblets available for sheep, and is a packet of powder, called Tramisol. I recall it may have been something like 11-12 G to one packet. It's somewhat difficult to break down into small portions for the tanks, but easier in the long run than the oblets, I think. I bought one packet and treated all my tanks 2x. This was for approximately 100 G. I think I may have used 5-10 mg./l. There was no discomfort noted in any of the fish during treatment, or after. Sylvia > your eunotus may have worms (specifically nematodes). I say this > only because I've been battling an infestation of these little > nasties in one of my tanks for the last month or so and they were > showing symptoms similar to what you've listed. Do your fish have > reddened anal openings or small threadlike bits of material > protruding from their anuses? Keep an eye out for these signs as > possible indications of nematode infestation. Check out the archived > disease postings at the Krib for helpful treatment information. > > As a side note, I was finally able to find a product containing > Levamisole at a farm and feed store last weekend. The product was > Tramisol, a sheep wormer, and it was in the form of "oblets" about > the size of my thumb! The archives at the Krib do not contain > extensive dosing information for levamisole, so I had to guess. Each > Tramisol oblet contained .183g active levamisole HCl, so I worked out > my tank volumes in liters and dosed on a mg/L basis. I dosed my 35 > gal. tank at approximately 6 mg/L (numbers not in front of me right > now, so these are only the rough numbers I can remember), and my 56 > gal. tank at a little over 10 mg/L. The archived postings on the > Krib are accurate in their descriptions of the treatment process: the > water turned yellow (presumably from the dye in the oblets), and > clouded after about 24 hours. Unfortunately, work intervened and > prevented me from doing a full water change on the larger tank. > Early in the morning of dose+2 day (approximately 36 hours > post-dose), I found the barbs in the 56 gal. in respiratory distress > and sucking air at the top of the tank. The H. bimaculatus in the > tank did not seem affected. I was only able to change about 30% of > the water at that time, but it alleviated the distress until later in > the day when I did a full water change. Since the fish were showing > no visible distress at the end of the dose+2 day (when the effective > dose of Levamisole in the tank was still at least 7 mg/L and the > water was still clouded and yellow) I am assuming that I had a pH > drop during the night, and that was what caused the distress. There > are, however, no more worm signs in any of the fish in the infested > tank! The fishes' appetites are back, their fins are no longer > clamped, and no one seems to be showing any signs of secondary > bacterial infections. The treatment is a pain, but it seems to have > been effective. > ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the apistogramma mailing list, email@example.com. For instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe or get help, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Search http://altavista.digital.com for "Apistogramma Mailing List Archives"!