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Published on Nov 21, 2016
Fish that stop eating and begin emitting translucent or stringy white faeces can be infected with various parasites. In this video we show you how we diagnose and treat a flowerhorn cichlid fish infected with parasitic worms.
Infected fish may show clinical signs of chronic weight loss, potbelly, “poor doers”, gut inflammation, mucoid white faeces, and inappetance. It is a zoonotic disease (i.e. humans can potentially catch it!). In humans, the clinical symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss, dehydration. Capillariasis may be fatal if treatment is not given early.
Your tank may become infected if fed tubifex worms, or by introducing infected fish. It has a direct life cycle, and can reinfect the same fish, or other fish in the tank, building up in numbers.
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