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Successful Treatment for Bloat in Plecos

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#1 CanadaPleco



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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:33 AM

I often see long threads on PF with bloated plecos and the struggle to cure them. Obviously this condition is difficult to cure so I thought it would be useful to share my recent experience. I was very upset to find my GN that I have had for over 4 years stop eating and come down with bloat. I thought he was a goner since i have not had much luck treating this condition in the past. They usually simply wither away and die after about a week. It is frustrating because you can tell that they indeed want to eat, but can not because of the blockage and irritation of the infection.

I used to keep tropheus in addition to plecos and this is a very common problem in those circles as well. Both fish have complex digestive systems and should be fed a good percentage of vegetable matter. However, they willingly will take anything you give them. I have a lot of carnivores like pseudas in with my baryancistrus which will not touch the veggies so they all get lots of animal protein foods. I believe that a ballanced diet including veggies as well as maintaining low nitrates is great for prevention, but what happens when you have a sick pleco?

In tropheus, the dreaded bloat disease is thought to be a protozoan infection of the intestinal tract with a secondary bacterial infection on top of it which is why it is so hard to treat. Often the whole tank will die off in a week if not treated, and treatments are only marginally successful. My friend who is an expert tropheus keeper and cichlid importer taught me that you need to treat both infections simultaneously and the results are very positive. When my tropheus tank came down with it I was able to treat them successfully with a combination of kanamycin sulfate and metronidazole.

Remembering this I dusted off those old tropheus meds and treated the pleco tank. Much to my surprise the GN improved. Within 4 days he was pooing and the next day he was eating again. Just thought it may be helpful to share this cure since it has worked for me on both plecos and tropheus now.


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#2 Zebrapl3co


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Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:59 PM

Nice, but where can you find kanamycin sulfate and metronidazole. I'd like to get some just in case.

#3 Hitch


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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:04 PM

John (suggarglidder carries metro, and I think there are a couple of GTA stores that also).

As for Kana, Cory from GTAA was going to order from a place that has Kana, give him a shout to see if he placed an order already.

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