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The treatment of the levamisole went well, we did the 24 hour treatment, using the same paper that UNC linked in the other thread.

However, we decided to remove the substrate after treatment was complete, to wash it up. That went fine, not as much gravel and boy was it dirty at the bottom!

We had barely a centimeter of water left in the bottom afterwards, and had just washed the gravel in a bucket, when suddenly something caught me by surprise, and I called out to Mr Rogue. There was a guppy fry, swimming in the water! I'd been looking to see how clean the last cm of water was and the movement caught my eye.

So, I washed out my late Betta's tank, a tiny plastic thing (He was an unexpected gift from my mother), and quickly put water in it and Mr Rogue put the usual treatment in, and i scooped bubs up in the top of a water ager measuring cup lid. That's when we got the big surprise... there was another one!

Got that one out too, and into the tiny tank. Babies! How could we have missed them!

They're 5-6mm in length, so are very young- perhaps they were born during the treatment phase?

Now comes the problem- do we build their little fry box, and put them in with mum and dad, or use the main tank, as one of my females is showing signs of being almost ready to give birth?

What about the parasite issue?

If in the tank with mum and dad, will the treatment affect them negatively next time it's done? Or not be a worry?

Lastly- here's the best pics I took in the tiny plastic tank- that circle thing is actually about the size of my little finger, and I have small hands.










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I have no advice, but those things are adorable!
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They are, aren't they? In proper light, they're like little tiny pale tadpoles with huge googly eyes. We named them too, Buckley and Murphy. Murphy, for Murphy's Law, and Buckley after a saying- "Chances are Buckley's and none". It was by sheer chance I saw one of them in the first place.

I'm really hoping they end up fine! Huge surprise though- don't really expect newborn's when finishing a treatment for parasites!

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UNC-CH replied the topic: Surprise!

:laugh: I bet that was a big surprise.

I'm not sure about the second dose for the little guys. Since they were in the same tank, you should assume that they have whatever the other fish do. The second levamizole dose is usually done a few days or weeks later, so you have some time to decide. I think that if they made it through the first dose, they'll probably be fine next time.

So you were trying to save two guppies and ended up with four? That's what I call successful.
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I think I'm getting the hang of this community fishkeeping thing, lol. Rule 1- water changes. Rule 2- Expect the unexpected. Rule 3- Treat symptoms, not precautions. Rule 4- ???

After a bit of research, it appears they were approximately 3 days old when found, so I'd say the treatment didn't do them any harm. They'd have been born before the treatment to be that age. Might have to note that in my journal, and see about speaking to a friend's landlady who's a vet, and may be interested.

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