Camallanus/callamanus surviver question with pics

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At this point, I have 5 fish that survived the callamanus: 2 bettas, 2 tetras, and 1 guppy. Days ago I had found different looking pale worms being passed by one betta and started treatment again. I'm now realizing that the guppy also has some kind of intestinal problem.

It's poo is white. I had thought that the stuff on the bottom of the tank was the white stuff from the air-pump hose and suction cups that had flaked off, but it's just regular poo. Before treating I wanted to ask what it might be. I've read it could be a bacterial infection or parasites. I have metronidazole, praziquantel, and tetracycline on hand and he's just finished a treatment of levamizole.

Also, he's had this condition since the first 2 rounds of treatments for callamanus ... several weeks.


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robham7770 replied the topic: Camallanus/callamanus surviver question with pics

I have never dealt with this, and really can't offer up anything new, but wanted to see how things were going. I hope since you have not posted anything new, that everything is OK, but if not keep asking, someone will be able to help.
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It's very odd because all I can find about white feces is on white-stringy feces. I've searched a lot but nothing that looks like what I have. So I can understand if no one really knows. I figure it's more likely parasitic so last night I treated 2 of them with metronidazole and praziquantel also considering the metro is anti-microbial.
The immediate results were very interesting ... within 30 minutes there was white stringy poo coming from the betta and a *lot* of it. There's no change in the guppy so far.
I'm confident we'll get past this callamanus or post-callamanus thing.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Camallanus/callamanus surviver question with pics

I really wish I could help, but I'm the same as you - almost all the descriptions I've seen of white feces are the white, stringy kind which is indicative of parasites (and in some cases constipation/stress). Have you seen the guppy pooping this stuff? I have to admit from the pictures that it definitely does look like just a bit of white gunk that you'd find on suction cups etc.

Is the guppy eating? If so, what do you feed it? It's unlikely but possible that if you're feeding a lot of light-coloured foods that they've turned its poop a light colour.

I'm inclined to agree that it's parasitic. If you haven't seen the guppy pooping, perhaps it is white stringy poop that's just partially disintegrating in the water.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Camallanus/callamanus surviver question with pics

I've fed him flakes and sometimes betta pellets. He's eating well and doing well ... very energetic. I think that's partly what threw me off. He had been so sick from the callamanus I had pretty much written him off. But when he made the comeback, I stopped worrying about him enough to wonder where his poop was ... what was I thinking?
Actually, in the second picture right in the middle at the top you can see where he just went. It looks a little different from the rest but is the same color. It could be that some of that is from the hose from the sponge pump Lamm ... can't be sure. Tomorrow I'm going to take all that out and get everything off the bottom so I can be sure if it's coming from him.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Camallanus/callamanus surviver question with pics

Sounds like an idea. I don't think I'll take this away as something particularly valuable I've learned from the fish lab... But for what it's worth, from working with guppies I've learned that their poop tends to be quite differently shaped to what I can see in those pictures. Quite long relative to body size and very thin, which I guess is a given considering that their butts are so tiny... Thanks fish lab :pinch:
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