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    Tosai
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    Parasite treatment

    Can you use a treatment with the ingredient formalin along with salt in the pond?

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    yes, it can be done but it is dangerous in that you MUST know the exact volume of the pond and do the treatment in the right conditions ( temperature, aeration levels, water softness all come into play). As a result, most people underdose and the result is an ineffective parasite kill.
    Most people use way too much salt in their ponds. If the water is warm and your salt is causing the fish to put out vast amounts of gill mucous, Formalin , which further reduces oxygen at the level of the gill, you can put weak fish over the edge. I've seen this on rare ocassions.

    The products that use formalin and malachite green ( a suspected carcinogen) are pretty good as a broad spectum parasite treatment. But at the end of the day, you are FAR better off knowing the type of parasite you are aiming for and using a matching compound to kill it. - JR

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    According to the scrapings its flukes. I treated the pond with Praziquantel. I hope this works.

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    Just lost one fish. Its gills were shot. The other one appears to be looking a little better. Last time I buy from this breeder.

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    see post below............

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    The problem is salt is it is persistent. It does not brake down into something else. Crank up the salinty to say 0.3% and it can take months of weekly water changes to get it back down.

    If you want one stop shopping for parasite treatments, probably MinnFinn is one of the safest and widest spectrum treatments available today.

    But as JR says....diagnose first, treat second.

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