Treating Hexamita aka Spironucleus

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I'm not a vet, and I hate to make guesses, but if it was me, after 5 days of Epsom salt treatment, I would deworm the fish. Then go from there.
 

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Saw this thread as I was looking to treat a Oranda Goldfish with signs of internal parasite (lethargic and long stringy poop).

I normally feed with Repashy Gel Food and was wondering if I can dissolve the Epsom Salt in water and using that to mix in the gel powder?
 

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Saw this thread as I was looking to treat a Oranda Goldfish with signs of internal parasite (lethargic and long stringy poop).

I normally feed with Repashy Gel Food and was wondering if I can dissolve the Epsom Salt in water and using that to mix in the gel powder?
Yea should be able to.
 

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Are you boiling the water? If so, I'm not sure how that would affect the magnesium sulfate.
 
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I use boiling water to mix with gel powder. A quick google doesnt seem to show that magnesium sulfate changes if boiled.

Another question, are there any benefits/negatives to treating this on a regular basis (say 1per month / every few months) as a preventative measure?
 

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Again, I have no idea how or if that would cause an issue with that substance? I never recommend using any form of treatment on a regular basis, as you never know how an organism may react from repeated treatments. I doubt that once a month would be an issue, but unless your fish is under constant stress this shouldn't be required. Your call on both accounts. Good luck.
 

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Thanks RD. RD. for the very helpful information in this thread. I have 2 questions that came up as I am treating my geophagus pair with HITH.

Any thoughts on regularly feeding epsom salt soaked pellets (3% or less) to healthy fish as a preventative measure? Maybe as a routine weekly/monthly cleanse?


Can epsom salt be added to the tank directly in addition to feeding medicated pellets? Similar to aquarium salt treatments of 1 tablespoon/gallon. Is it safe/practical to add a similar amount or less per gallon?

Apologies if this has already been covered previously.
 
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