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Malawi Bloat
by Marc Elieson (VatoElvis), Robin Lovell (Robin)
and T. Montgomery (GTZ)
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Clout
Be sure to maintain temperature and water salinity when performing all water changes. Treating bloat using Clout is relatively simple. It should be noted here that Clout will turn your tank water blue and may stain clear slilcone and/or other plastics in the tank. As already mentioned above, before you begin treatment, perform a 30-40% water change, vacuum, remove any chemical filtration and add 2 tablespoons of epsom salt for every ten gallons of water, pre-mixed and added gradually over a period of 5-6 hours.

Using a disposable cup, dissolve in some tank water one tablet of Clout per 10 gallons (round up if necessary). Pour the mixture into the tank imtermittently, perhaps taking a half hour to administer a complete dosage -- this drug can be very strong and so it is important to follow this guideline so as not to shock your already stressed fish. Repeat the same dosage for the next two days, again performing a 30-40% water change beforehand. Daily water changes are essential for Clout's maximum effectiveness. The water changes also facilitate the removal of the old, disabled chemicals. Three days of treatment should be sufficient, if the inflammation is not too severe, otherwise treat for a full five days.

If after five days, you still don't notice a change, begin the treatment again after a two day hiatus. Once you have concluded the treatment, gradually return the tank to normal salinity over a period of 5-6 hours via small partial water changes until approximately 100% of water has been changed and resume normal filtration.

Tetra Parasite Guard
Be sure to maintain temperature and water salinity when performing all water changes. If treating with Tetra Parasite Guard, perform a 30-40% water change, vacuum, remove any chemical filtration and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt for every ten gallons of water, pre-mixed and added gradually over a period of 5-6 hours. Add one tablet of JPC per 10 gallons and wait 48 hours. Perform a 25% water change and add 1 tablet per 10 gallons and again, wait 48 hours. Perform another 25% water change and add 1 tablet per 10 gallons. Perform a final 50% water change 48 hours after the last dosage. Repeat treatment following 72 hours if there is little to no improvement in the fish. Once you have concluded the treatment, gradually return the tank to normal salinity over a period of 5-6 hours via small partial water changes until approximately 100% of water has been changed and resume normal filtration.

1. Ad Konings, Back To Nature Guide To Malawi Cichlids, 2nd Edition, (El Paso, Texas USA: Cichlid Press, 2003), 46-47.

2. Fred Goodall & Dougall Stewart, Spironucleus, Cichlid-forum Library

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