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Re: Parasitic/worm infestations

I wish I knew where my fish got them. I got 3 rams from the same batch. 1 
went into a 55 gal tank, and 2 went into a 20 gal tank with cardinal & neon 
tetras (they all moved to a 29 gal later). 

All have gotten the same food. I've fed frozen & flake. The only fresh they 
got was store-bought brine shrimp. If anything, the singular ram in the other 
tank has had more exposure to various fish in and out, than the couple had. 
This was a rather *protected* tank, since neons tend to pick up anything 
going around, and I don't usually introduce new fish in there.

One thing that I'm thinking is a possibility . . . and I'm grasping at straws 
because I am clueless about the subject at hand . . . the couple killed off 2 
otocinclus that were in the 20 gal with them. Well, I know they killed the 
first, because it was found dead and injured. The second was never found, but 
last seen clinging to the top of the pennywort leaves at the opposite side of 
the tank, in the far corner, from the breeding spot. I'm wondering whether 
they actually decided to consume it as well?

I'm trying to place the beginning of this. Their real decline began after the 
move to the new tank where they had one more successful breeding session, and 
then the female started to decline. This would be about 4 weeks after moving. 
Perhaps they can carry the parasite a bit and then a stress on the fish could 
trigger a large infestation. Or maybe with these worms it doesn't matter how 
vigorous or healthy the fish. If the worm is present, they'll infest and kill?


>  Where do these parasites/worms originate?  Do they come in with the fish,
>  perhaps in a dormant state?  Or on food?  Plants?
>  Gitte
>  <<<<<<This is a fairly common problem with rainbow fish but as I said
>  earlier it
>  can be easily treated.
>  Some other signs of these worms in fish are hollow stomaches and distorted
>  fish eg bent backs.>>>>>>