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Hi all,

I acquired, by accident some ramshorn snails on a plant that i purchased. I already have almost every kind of snail one would normally find in a planted aquarium (pond, MTS, nerite, and a small group of little guys with flat curly transparent/red shells) and have had no problems with them eating plants or breeding out of control. Normally I take the live and let live philosophy with snails. But these ramshorns are eating up a storm, and I think they may have transported some parasitic flukes with them. 2 of my guppies have died since their arrival and 2 more are sick - one with tail rot and the other with ich. I am worried their immune systems are compromised from these parasites. I have removed all of the ramshorns that I can find and hopefully not many more will show up.

How can I tell if my fish have parasites and what is a good treatment for it? I have an el natural tank with a soil underlayer and I also, have kuhli loaches in this tank - so salt is not an option. But if it was helpful, I could put together some kind of quarantine tank if necessary.
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They must not be flukes then - they are not flashing and there is nothing visible hanging off of their bodies. There are spots on some of their scales that don't look like ich - it looks like a few of their scales are raised... All levels are testing normal...

Well since the sick fish are both guppies so I think I will set up a quarantine aquarium with some aquarium salt - hopefully that will help! And it there is some kind of parasite hopefully it is freshwater and the salt will get rid of it!

I'm still going to pass on the snails though - they have chewed holes in tons of my plants and my e. tenellus has not fared well! all other snails are welcome to stay - but not these guys!

Thanks guys!
 
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