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Re: Ivomectin (APD #320)

I have (had?) the very same problem. After introducing a couple of snails 
into my 10 gal. tank to help my pleco, all six of my neon tetras died one 
by one with hollow stomaches and bent backs in a month. I have some 
platties and mollies and they seem to be fine. I am watching them for 
parasites but never seen any. Oh, my pleco died too. :-(


>Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2000 15:02:06 -0500
>From: zxcvbob <zxcvbob at tcw_net>
>Subject: Re: Ivomectin (APD #320)
>I've never seen any parasites in my tank, but my platties have been
>slowly dying off for about a year, with hollow stomaches and bent
>backs.  I assumed it was a mycobacteria ("tb") infection.  None of the
>other fish are affected, rosy barbs and otocinculus (sp?).  It seems to
>have started after I added some "trap door snails" to the tank, one of
>which died right away.  I tried treating with a heavy dose of Aureomycin
>(chlortetracycline) mixed into the fish food and the tank water, but it
>didn't help anything.  Aureomycin is used to treat mycoplasmosis in
>A couple of the local stores (Tractor Supply and Fleet Farm) sell some
>vetrinary supplies, including soluble powder Ivomectin horse wormer.
>Should I give that a try?  Or is not seeing any parasites enough reason
>to assume it is not Chamelonis worms?  Thanks.