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"Beard, Kelly" <> wrote: <<<<<Subject: Off-topic disaster
This weekend I began to loose my Blue Rams. I lost 3 out of 4 (4th one
seems to be okay). Yesterday I took the last (dead) one in for the LFS guy
to look at. To make a long story short, I'm treating my entire 75 gallon
tank with Tetra Cure and Disco-Worm. (...)>>>>>:>
Rams are very difficult to keep. Healthy individuals are difficult to find,
and even in that case often they dye for apparently unknown reasons.
Some people seem not to have problems, but many keepers run into
trouble even if they fish-keeping skills are quite good.
Unless there are obvious signs of a very specific problem (for example
Camallanus worms visible in the anal area, or white Oodinium cysts
on the skin, etc.), it is very unlikely medications will help, and as you
can see new problems may instead be caused.
If I were in your shoes, I would discontinue every medication, filter it out
with carbon, and begin a daily program of good water changes.
If possible, increase the temperature to the upper eighties or even to
92 for about a week. I have seen cases of sick Rams responding very
positively to that, in the absence of clear signs of parasite infection.
There are however possible downsides that you have to consider.
Most plants should tolerate that for a limited period, some may not take
it. Some other fishes may also suffer of dye with increased heat.
After a week at 92 (if you indeed manage to go that high), lower the
temperature to the upper eighties, and keep it that way. Good luck
dionigi.maladorno at roche_com
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