itchy fish

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  1. wookie

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    Guys noticed now for a week or so my blue cheek , royal grammar , fire goby are for some reason scratching against the bottom sand and rocks any idea why. I have checked for white spot and can't see any. But think i can't leave this any ideas ?
     
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    Sounds like white spot to me....
     
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    Gill or skin flukes
     
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    Flukes. Watch for extra symptoms like gill clamping, twitching and heavy breathing. Treat with RO fresh water dip or get praziquantel (maxi-lint) from a vet and treat. 10ml per 20 gallons/80 litres. It will kill every worm in your tank and crustaceans might be affected. It is reef safe, but I don't trust any med you put in a tank.

    Be warned, flukes can be deadly
     
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    Ok fresh water dip for how long and that means stripping tank to catch the fish which will be a mission and I'm sure it will stress the fish more. What exactly is gill clamping ?
     
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    well we never said it was going to be easy :whistling:

    Gill clamping is the strong closing of the gills
     
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    No more than 5 minutes. Watch the fish. RO must be at same pH and temp as tank. Raise pH by using bicarb or using aquavitro balance.
     
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    Very NB!
     
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    Thanks guys so fresh water dip helps with flukes. But then surely if i put them back in the dt they will get them again as they are in the water, sorry for asking fluke is new to me never had it before when i did fish only.
     
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