Best treatment for holes in head disease

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  1. sarf

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    Hi professor.i'v got a breeding group of rift lake cichlids..copadichromis trewevasae,which i am keeping in my show tank..they were shipped from malawi about 10months ago..one male started developing groups of holes around his eyes..each hole is about 1mm in diameter n clear..he is otherwise healthy..eating n even breeding..what treatment would you advise to help cure it?
     
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    Hi Sarf,

    I am not an authority on Malawis but Hole in the Head disease also is/was common in Discus as a result of which I am fully aware of the problem.

    Hole in the Head is caused by flagellate organisms which can be treated easily with Metranidazole at 7 mg/litre. You can go to any pharmacy and buy any generic metranidazole tablets, squash them fine between two teaspoons and add this to the tank. Repeat the treatment after 4-5 days after a fairly large water change. This medication does absolutely nothing to biological filters.

    However, you should know that the reason why this disease does become a problem and that is that there is a shortage of vitamin C in the diet. Malawis are largely vegetarian as a result of which their natural diet includes lots of algae which contain enough vitamin C. I would advise that you feed some green veggies, baby marrow and other things, ask the Malawi experts what they will eat, and then you need to feed them with a granulate or high quality flake that contains enough vitamin C.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     
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    Thanks for the advice professor..i will seperate the fish n treat them..will also mix up a batch of frozen food with some vitamin c to feed them
     
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    Sarf,

    Don't treat the one fish separately, treat the whole tank as all the fish have got the disease, but they are not showing symptoms yet.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     

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