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How To : Kill Internal Parasites

  1. Identify the symptoms: The first step in treating internal parasites is to make sure your fish have them. Symptoms include bloating, loss of appetite, weight loss, and lethargy. You may also notice white or stringy feces.

  2. Test water parameters: Check the water parameters of the tank, including pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, as poor water quality can contribute to the development of internal parasites. Make sure the water is within the acceptable range for your fish species and perform a partial water change if necessary.

  3. Isolate affected fish: If you have multiple fish in your tank, it's important to isolate any fish showing signs of internal parasites in a separate tank to prevent the spread of the infection. Make sure the tank has a filter, heater, and enough space for the fish to swim comfortably.

  4. Purchase Paracleanse: Paracleanse is a medication that can be effective in treating internal parasites in freshwater fish. You can purchase it online here or in store at MastahBetta Fish Shop.

  5. Follow the instructions: Follow the instructions on the Paracleanse packaging carefully, as the dosage may vary depending on the size of your tank and the severity of the internal parasites. Generally, the medication is added to the aquarium water at a rate of 1 teaspoon per 20 gallons of water. Each teaspoon treats 20 gallons of water.

  6. Turn off carbon filters: If you are using a carbon filter, turn it off before adding the medication to the tank, as it can remove the medication from the water.

  7. Treat the tank: Add the appropriate amount of Paracleanse to the aquarium, making sure to distribute it evenly throughout the tank. Keep the tank lights off during treatment.

  8. Monitor the fish: Check on the affected fish regularly to see if the internal parasites have improved. It may take up to two weeks for the parasites to be completely eliminated, but the fish should start to show improvement after a few days.

  9. Do a partial water change: After treatment, do a partial water change to remove any remaining medication and to improve water quality.

  10. Follow up treatment: It is important to continue treating the fish for internal parasites, as reinfection can occur. Follow up with another round of Paracleanse after 10-14 days to ensure all parasites are eliminated.

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