Re: NANFA-- Baby bowfin and bass tapeworm

Scott Davis (
Sat, 18 May 2002 22:19:43 -0500

On the killitalk list about a month & a half ago Flubendazole was
recommended to remove hydra from tanks. It evidentally is much safer to work
with than formulin. It was also more effective against the hydra. Another
correspondent also noted that it was effective against the wasting syndrome
associated with Heximita protozoa.

Another felt that a closely related drug fenbendazole was effective against
Camellanus worms.

They suggested that absorption through the
gills, gut or similar mechanism was providing the hobbyist with a usable
treatment for internal paracites.

Flubendazole is also known as Panacur and is available from small animal
vets. (I can hear jokes now about short little DVMs.)

Pathologist Barry Cooper chimed in that Flubendazole was not an
antibiotic,but an anthelmintic. The drugs in that group are often used to
treat internal diseases in animals. Flubendazole is one of the more water
soluable of the group.

Witnesses said that in hydra treatment that it took out the hydra. Fry and
snails continued unharmed.

If a person knew that their bowfin or other fish was plagued with tapeworms,
would this stuff help?

All the best!


> I had a bowfin once for a couple years. When it was around 13 inches I
> it dead one morning, the entire tank had looked like it was "T.P.ed" with
> tapeworms, it was arched back with its mouth wide open. It was really sad
> for me since this was my second pet bowfin, and it had become really tame
> over the time I had it. I also seen this with tiny babies, that are fed
> and seem to waste away, but did not notice any tapeworms. I read somewhere
> their is a host specific tapeworm that only effects bowfins, forgot where
> read it though.
> By the way, great article in the AC on the bowfin.
> Ray
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