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Re: Skinny Notho females

Soem people refer to this phenomenon as "Notho wasting syndrome". The cause 
has not been established. However, some months ago someone posted a message 
saying that they had used flubendazole to treat hydra and had noticed that 
some Nothos that were wasting had recovered. I also had a private message 
from another individual that use of flubendazole for a different purpose 
had caused some wild South American annuals that had not been eating to 
recover. A hypothesis to explain this could be that the fish have an 
intestinal parasite or protozoal infection. I suggest that you treat the 
fish for three days with flubendazole, 10 mg/gallon of the active drug. It 
is available as a 5% powder, thus requiring 200 mg/gallon of that 
preparation. After three days do a water change. More ideally, do daily 
water changes into fresh drug solution for three days, then change water to 
remove the drug. Use "aged" water to prepare the solution.

Flubendazole is available from JEHMCo or the Florida Tropical Fish Farmers 
Coop online store.

Let me know if it helps.

At 06:38 PM 7/25/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>       Question. What could cause Notho females to begin to get thin to
>concave? They are in a community of 5 males and 10 females. The water is soft
>and mildly acid. There are tons of plants in the 30 gallon tank. Fish are fed
>live daphnia, live blackworms, live baby brine shrimp, live adult brine
>shrimp, some live mosquito larvae, frozen bloodworms and frozen adult brine
>shrimp. The blackworms, baby brine and daphnia seem to be the favs but the
>adults never eat a lot. Until this week, the females stayed plump to average,
>but now are thinning out. The males are plump. These are symoensi. I
>collected eggs recently and the peat seemed full of eggs. (I breed using 3
>containers of peat in the big tank). The temperature runs on the high side --
>between 77 and 82F, but in Texas in the summer that's how it is without tons
>of air conditioning. I have Fun. batesii and arnoldi doing just fine at those
>temps. Water is changed weekly up to 75%. The tank has one large box filter.
>The tank is on the bottom shelf of an iron stand. The fish are 5 to 6 months
>old. The strain throws a few adult onset bellysliders and the size of adults
>ranges from average to big in both males and females. Any ideas? I have lost
>two females and don't want to loose more. I raised the fish and they have
>never had tank mates. They have spent all their adult life in this tank (4
>months so far.)
>Robert Ellermann
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