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White worms in eye

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:25 am
by Javi Alonso
Hi,
First post here, I´m from Uruguay, but live in El Salvador from some years ago…so I had change my geos and pikes to central american cichlids that was my passion from the beginning.
I kept some species like C. Bocourti, T. Salvini and my every time favorites Parachromis, at this moment, dovii, motaguensis and managuensis, all F0.
The issue that pull me to post in this section is that recently I had noticed that my male managuensis have two little white worms in one eye, they looks like some kind of helminth worms, 2mm aprox.
Making a research here without much luck, someone say me that salt can be helpful, but I´m not sure about that…I´m most inclined to mebendazole or similar.
Any experience with this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance and sorry for my English and congrats for this great community.
Javier

Re: White worms in eye

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:21 pm
by michi tobler
Hi Javier
Sounds like your fish has eye flukes, a very common infection of digenean trematodes. Eye flukes can impair the fish's vision, but the fish being an intermediate host, these infections do not typically have severe health consequences, especially in captivity where there are no predators. Also, this infection is not contagious to other fish (the parasite is transmitted from infected snails). You can probably treat the infection with deworming meds available for the treatment of pets and livestock. But in my opinion, this is probably not worth it. Side effects of the meds likely outweigh the impacts by the eye flukes, especially for species where they have not been tried to establish proper dosage.
Best wishes, Michi

Re: White worms in eye

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:33 am
by Javi Alonso
Hi Michi, thanks for your answer, finally I colud take some pics of the fish, at the bottom of the eye you can see the worms, do you think they are eye flukes? I never see some like this before.

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Re: White worms in eye

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:20 pm
by deeda
Javi, Photobucket no longer allows free linking to forums so your pics are not visible, at least to me. Try uploading your pics directly from your device to the forum.

Re: White worms in eye

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:30 pm
by Javi Alonso
Thanks Deeda, I didn´t notice about that..
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