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Malnourished Loach welfare cases

Posted By: Noki
Date: Wednesday, 3 November 1999, at 5:48 a.m.

Does anybody have any experiences with bringing skinny (not kuhli loach skinny, "bony" skinny), gaunt loaches back to health? Do they have intestinal parasites? Would metronidazole help?

I know you should not buy unhealthy loaches as a rule, but I wanted to make sure that I had a group of these two unusual botia types that I found. The three plump (two superciliarus and a unknown leptobotia?), healthy ones have thrived, but the three "bony" ones have fared poorly. I have one gaunt superciliarus loach left and it looks depressed, not very active while it's two conspecific peers play and have fun.

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