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Safe Whitespot Treatments To Use With Shrimp/Snails?

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Safe Whitespot Treatments to Use with Shrimp/Snails?
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:25:40 PM »
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I have a Black Molly which seems to be particularly prone to picking up health problems such as fin rot & whitespot - I had to treat the tank a couple of months ago for fin rot even though it was the only fish apparently suffering from the problem and it now seems to have whitespot  :(

I didn't have shrimp or snails at the time but do now and must admit I've been remiss in respect of having a QT - I did have one previously but it got damaged and I've never gotten around to replacing it  :vcross:

So, does anyone know of any commonly available treatments for ailments such as fin rot/whitespot which can be used with shrimp/snails in the tank? If not, any suggestions short of quickly getting and setting up a QT?

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Re: Safe Treatments to Use with Shrimp/Snails?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014, 01:26:56 PM »
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I have used King British Original Formula WS3 with amano shrimps; that's for whitespot. I couldn't catch the shrimps so they had to take their chance and although they hid for the duration they did survive, possibly because I used it at half strength because of my loaches. But I did remove my nerite snails so I don't know if they would have been affected.
I have not treated for finrot with inverts in the same tank.

Quarantine:
You don't have to get a fancy tank, even a plastic storage container will do. You will need a heater and filter. Any cheap internal filter s fine. Steal some media fro the main tank. Put a few plastic plants in the QT to make the fish feel safer.

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Re: Safe Treatments to Use with Shrimp/Snails?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014, 06:32:06 PM »
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Thanks Sue. Funnily enough, the molly is looking much better today so perhaps I jumped the gun  :) - will keep an eye on it though.

King British WS3 is what I used last time I had whitespot (pre-shrimp/snails) and it did work well so will probably try it again, albeit at a reduced dosage as you suggest.

Re: QT - I suppose it's odd really, I automatically think of using a purpose-built aquarium but this obviously isn't necessary for short-term quarantining! ::)    I do still have both the heater and filter, along with a few tank ornaments from my original QT which got damaged so I should be able to get something up and running when needed and I suppose a substrate isn't actually necessary in this situation.

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 07:19:34 PM »
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Except for a very few fish that must have a substrate, you don't need one. In fact it is easier to keep the tank clean and observe the fish poo (if one of the symptoms is stringy poo) without a substrate. I use plastic plants and sections of plastic drainpipe as caves - both are easily sterilised with bleach should the worst happen.
You also don't need a light. It can stress sick fish and some meds work better without light. And with no live plants, a light isn't necessary.

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Re: Safe Treatments to Use with Shrimp/Snails?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 10:29:49 PM »
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Good pointers there Sue  :cheers:

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