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Re title, does anyone know of a vet in the sydney region who can effectively treat fish? I have some sick fish, and I'm frustrated by the lack of resources for treating disease.

Aline, did you once get cultures and specific advice on appropriate medication for a bloat outbreak?

And leads would be appreciated enormously.

Thanks,

Michael

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Mike

I can dispense Metronidazole for bloat if required but Im down in Campbelltown.

Mike

Thanks for that mate, it's always good to know there's somewhere to turn. Unfortunately I'm still at that stage before the metro . . . the 'what is it I'm treating?' phase.

Many thanks again

- Mike

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hi mike

if you're talking about T's, there is no pre metro stage.

i know it's a hard call to throw drugs in the tank when you really have no clue what you're treating. the longer you wait the harder it will be to gain control. metro is a fairly safe med, if it's not the med for the problem, no real harm done just do water change and move on with the ideal treatment [??]

it is darn near impossible to find a vet in the sydney metro area that knows much about fish. try your local vet, if you can supply as much info as possible maybe even some fresh poo samples and a sick fish he [she] might have enough interest to take a look'

i had Dr Mike Canon from w/gong do an autopsy when i had problems with the petro's

good luck in your search;

ps check your water paremeters and take that info with you as well, he just might know what he's looking at

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hi mike

if you're talking about T's, there is no pre metro stage.

i know it's a hard call to throw drugs in the tank when you really have no clue what you're treating. the longer you wait the harder it will be to gain control. metro is a fairly safe med, if it's not the med for the problem, no real harm done just do water change and move on with the ideal treatment [??]

it is darn near impossible to find a vet in the sydney metro area that knows much about fish. try your local vet, if you can supply as much info as possible maybe even some fresh poo samples and a sick fish he [she] might have enough interest to take a look'

i had Dr Mike Canon from w/gong do an autopsy when i had problems with the petro's

good luck in your search;

ps check your water paremeters and take that info with you as well, he just might know what he's looking at

I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience Col, thanks.

I'm not talking specifically about tropheus this time, but about all fish generally, although in this instance, the sick fish that are upseting me currently are killifish. I think this makes it a little harder, as we are dealing with smaller fish, always harder to treat imho, and I have had a dismissive reaction from some people because they are perceived to be less expensive/valuable. Obviously i disagree.

Unfortunately, you're right about having no luck locally. One of the australian aquarium mags runs ads and articles about a fish vet in Melbourne, no use here, but other than that I have yet to find someone who can diagnose what ails my fish. There was one kind offer of help w metro though :)

I think I will try a hit and miss approach through lack of options, as the only pathology options I have found have been yours Col, and it sounds very expensive. Worth it if it helps, but you have to have the spare moolah to start with.

Many thanks again.

-Mike

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hi mike

if you're talking about T's, there is no pre metro stage.

i know it's a hard call to throw drugs in the tank when you really have no clue what you're treating. the longer you wait the harder it will be to gain control. metro is a fairly safe med, if it's not the med for the problem, no real harm done just do water change and move on with the ideal treatment [??]

it is darn near impossible to find a vet in the sydney metro area that knows much about fish. try your local vet, if you can supply as much info as possible maybe even some fresh poo samples and a sick fish he [she] might have enough interest to take a look'

i had Dr Mike Canon from w/gong do an autopsy when i had problems with the petro's

good luck in your search;

ps check your water paremeters and take that info with you as well, he just might know what he's looking at

I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience Col, thanks.

I'm not talking specifically about tropheus this time, but about all fish generally, although in this instance, the sick fish that are upseting me currently are killifish. I think this makes it a little harder, as we are dealing with smaller fish, always harder to treat imho, and I have had a dismissive reaction from some people because they are perceived to be less expensive/valuable. Obviously i disagree.

Unfortunately, you're right about having no luck locally. One of the australian aquarium mags runs ads and articles about a fish vet in Melbourne, no use here, but other than that I have yet to find someone who can diagnose what ails my fish. There was one kind offer of help w metro though :)

I think I will try a hit and miss approach through lack of options, as the only pathology options I have found have been yours Col, and it sounds very expensive. Worth it if it helps, but you have to have the spare moolah to start with.

Many thanks again.

-Mike

Hi Mike,

I am so sorry that I did not see this earlier -too busy I guess :(

A necropsy and cultures on a fish will set you back around $200 with Mike Cannon and any other vet I would imagine and the sacrifice of a live fish.

There is also a guy in the Camden area that specialises in fish and you may be able to get Mike to forward you his name and number.

I am with you a hundred percent in wanting to get to the cause - rather than treat with meds when you don't know what you are dealing with.

If you email me on aline.sinclair@gmail.com I can forward you Mike's email addy - introduce yourself as a member of the forum and mention the NSWCS and he will reply asap.

Cheers

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Any fish that you want done can be done at cost of(as Aline said)$200 and upwards,to be done properly it does mean sacrificing live specimens,preferrably those that are showing signs of illness and 2-3 fish or more are generally needed to get full/proper results.

You can go to any vet and get 10% formalin to place and preserve the fish in. Evidently this will preserve the specimens for up to 10-14 days,all you have to do is cut open the gut cavity of the fish and place it in the jar with the formalin.

The guy i am using is Matt Landos,a specialist in Aquaculture and Ornamental fish diseases.

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there is a great vet here in Penrith. i have taken many fish to him and he has helped me out on every occassion. although sometimes i question what he uses.... but it always works and the fish recovers!

good luck

LuNGz

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