Parasites?

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    The clown trigger which was introduced to my display tank on the weekend after a 21 day quarantine period has started acting up. At feeding time it eats a little(maybe 25% of it's usual fill), then starts twitching, jerking, swimming erratically and going into spasms, as if something's eating it from the inside. It's quite disturbing to watch. Are these flukes or some kind of parasite in the fish? Any ideas what it could be and how I can treat it?
     
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    I had that with a fish, thought it was cyanide poisoning.
     
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    Did it die? Do you know what the amount of time is that it takes before cyanide poisoning shows symptoms?
     
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    How would cyanide get in the tank ?? :eek:
     
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    Mine took 18 days after I picked it up from the shop. I got the fish the day it arrived. It started twitching and doing backflips and then died the next day.
     
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    It isn't in the tank, it is how they catch the fish.
     
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    Mudshark do you know where the fish came from? Indonesia often uses cyanide
     
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    It is actually pretty stupid because the fish get here alive and look healthy and then two weeks later they just peg.
     
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    what you can do is treat it with medicated food for parasites and see how it goes.
     
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    Does it have these symptoms:

    The obvious symptoms:

    1) Fish twitching the head side to side once in a while like if wanted to shake something off his head.

    2) Discolored blotches of skin (Most people think this is velvet or some bacterial infection and misdiagnose it with antibiotics)

    3) Frayed fins or tail.

    4) Sudden loss of appetite. Fish was fine yesterday but today it's not eating at all.

    5) Cloudy eye(s)

    6) Rapid breathing
     
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    Freaking hell. These are the same symptoms my wrasse displayed. Got it a week ago and it died yesterday
     
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    The above symptoms are for Flukes though which is treatable.
     
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    Thanks given Manic. It shows most of these symptoms except that rapid breathing is only during one of it's spasms. Any idea how I can treat it, now that it's in the display tank?
     
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    @Manic 100% More fish are lost to a fluke type (Trichodina) than is reported. Treat with Hypo-salinity/fresh water dip, medicated food and if a very bad case Formaldehyde. An antibacterial agent may be necessary to combat any secondary infection.

    This disease is usually caused by poor shipping methods, large amounts of organic waist, excessively low temperatures, high ammonia and low pH. It is advisable to check these Pram's to avoid recurrence of the disease.

    To diagnose correctly one really needs to do a gill scrape and check under a microscope 100x to 200x

    this is what it looks like.

     
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    Thanks NJ. The problem is that the fish is in my display tank. I will not be able to catch it, so what would you suggest I could try to cure the fish?
     
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    Feed with a vitamin food like immuvit to try and increase his immunity defence. A cleaner wrasse may also help. Shrimps will most likely get eaten. Your other fish should be OK

    Fish normally have this parasite on them in low numbers and they do not cause a problem, however stress, low immunity and poor water quality (i doubt in your case) cause the parasite to multiply causing issues.

    Tropic Marin Bio-Calcium
     
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    So I shouldn't be too concerned about the flukes multiplying in the tank and infecting other fish?
     
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    If it is Trichodina no. If any of the other fish are week or stressed they will also get infected. Aquarium conditions are important.

    But to be sure it is advisable to try catch the fish and have a scraping done and treat accordingly.
     
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