agerstenberger wrote:I dipped the black moor that has clamped fins - that was stressful! He did well, though. He charged around in the water for the first 45 seconds, and then "rested" upright until I couldn't stand it anymore. I pulled him at 2 and a half minutes. While he never flipped over on his belly, I did notice that he, well, frosted over. He developed a white haze over most of his body. That's why I pulled him. Maybe this always happens, and just isn't as noticeable on white, gold, etc. fantails.
He's recovering now, and seems to be acting like he was before he went into the salt bath. How long does it take before one can see relief in the fishes treated? Depending on how he responds, I may treat my other fantails, too.
Can I keep reusing the salt bath solution I created? Or a new solution every day?
The white haze you see is the slime coat sloughing off. This is why salt dips are so helpful in removing external parasites. Once a fish has been put in the solution, I would not use it for another fish as there might be some stuff sloughed off the previous fish that can contaminate the next fish you put in the same solution.
Relief will depend. The salt dip helps with the symptoms of flukes (reduces the flashing/itching) but it will not completely go away until you've dosed praziquantel. Before you dose the prazi, which I believe will be started on Monday(?), do another salt dip. This will make the medication more effective