Re: NANFA-- parasite removal

Stan Perkins (
Sat, 31 Jan 2004 21:43:44 -0600

I agree - there are several diseases that will not show right away. If I
receive species which come from areas that these diseases are expected, the
fish remain isolated from other populations. I don't have "community tanks"
to speak of. I am interested in pure populations and raise them in dedicated
tanks. Occasionally I will add cats, otos, and plecos for algae control.

Until we know more about the life cycle of some of these disease organisms,
snails will always be suspect. Knock on wood, I have only had one
manifestation of Camallanus. I euthanized the whole tank and sterilized the
entire set-up. I was able to contain the disease to one tank.

I still believe that quarantine is the answer in reducing these outbreaks.
Especially if you buy from pet stores!
I can't think of animals in any greater stress than pet store animals. They
are crowded, irregular feeding (too much or too little), poor water
conditions, and these on top of being loaded into a plastic bag and shipped
across country.

Stan Perkins
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