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chris_pull

Hi all, 

 

I've recently set up my first reef aquarium (80L). I've been cycling for a month and the parameters looked good, so I added a pair of frostbite clowns from a local LFS. 

 

Yesterday, I noticed the male had white stringy poop. A quick google and it looks exactly like all the other forum posts that say this is an intestinal worm. I also think his stomach looks a bit plump, but he did eat a lot yesterday morning. 

 

I happened to already have esha -ndx on hand, which is supposedly one of the best worm treatments we can get in the UK, and so I dosed the aquarium. Given the price tag of these fish I didn't want to wait and see in case things got worse (he currently seems okay). 

 

This morning, about 12 hours after dosing, I noticed what looked like a wiry, long hair wriggling around in the water. I can't tell if it was alive or just moving in the current. I eventually lost sight of it. I wondered, could this have been the worm inside the fish? It was sort of brown/white and looked like a very thin worm. 

 

I hope I did the right thing jumping right to treating the fish and that this indeed was the worm that has now been expelled.

 

Cheers,

Chris

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Humblefish

Sounds like he expelled a roundworm (nematode). Did you happen to take a pic of it?

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On 7/25/2020 at 6:38 PM, Humblefish said:

Sounds like he expelled a roundworm (nematode). Did you happen to take a pic of it?

Unfortunately not. I've now done a water changed and running carbon. The fish seem fine and there's no longer any white poop trailing behind him. Fingers crossed this solved the issue! It says to treat again in 2 weeks as there may be eggs present still. I observed no adverse effects on the inverts, though I found a dead bristle worm! 

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Damn, I spoke too soon! Today noticed his poop is white again. He seems fine and have read in other places it could be due to stress of moving/high protein diet. Should I wait and see? What other signs of infection are there? He's eating like a champ and acting normally, as far as I can tell. 

 

He does shake occasionally, but I believe this is the normal submissive display to the female? 

 

Cheers! 

 

Chris 

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On 7/28/2020 at 9:00 AM, chris_pull said:

He does shake occasionally, but I believe this is the normal submissive display to the female? 

The male will shimmy towards the female, which is how he shows his submission to her.

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