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Worming Aquarium Fish – by Aquarium Adventures (10 min video)

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When and how often do you treat your aquarium fish for worms? Worming aquarium fish is always cause for debate, in this video, we will hear thoughts from Graeme at Aquarium Adventures on how often he treats his fish and how he treats them.

Worming Aquarium Fish – by Aquarium Adventures

Worms are the worst nightmare of many aquarium owners. They can be difficult to detect and even more difficult to treat.

So how and when should we be worming aquarium fish?

There are various theories on this, none of which are technically right or wrong, but in general aquarists side with 1 of 2 arguments about worming aquarium fish:

Argument 1: Worming aquarium fish should be done only when signs are noticed that they may be suffering from worms.

Argument 2: Worming aquarium fish should be done regularly to prevent worm infestations from being able to build up.


As I said, neither argument is right or wrong, it’s a bit more of a personal preference.

Personally, I tend to add a deworming medication every few months or so, or after I add a new fish to an aquarium.

This gives me peace of mind that new fish don’t bring worms into my aquarium and that any worm population cannot build up into vast numbers.


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Aquarium Adventures – Worming aquarium fish

Below is a quick but very informative video from Graeme at Aquarium Adventures where he covers how he goes about worming his aquarium fish.

In this video, he talks us through his treatment regime for his Discus tank but this can be applied to any aquarium.

Graeme is using the Wormer+ medication from Absolute by Cloverleaf, you will find this medication available in our ‘shop’ and I’ll post a link to it below.

If you feel you may be in need of a pack then give it a click!

Here’s the video by Aquarium Adventures, enjoy:



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Worming Aquarium Fish

However frequently or infrequently you choose to worm your fish is up to you. Ultimately, it’s difficult to be wrong, provided that you notice the signs of any parasites nice and early.

Treating them regularly can prevent the risk but it also means adding medication to your aquarium regularly.

When worming your aquarium fish, always read the label of the medication you are using. This video covered some of the do’s and don’ts with Absolute wormer+ but other medications may differ.

As promised, if you’re in need of a worming medication use the link below which will take you to Absolute wormer+, as I write this it is listed at £11.89 for enough medication to treat 5000Gal (over 22,000 litres), so that will last a while even if you’re treating your fish for worms regularly.

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Here is Cloverleaf’s description of their product (Cloverleaf Wormer+):

Absolute Wormer+ With added pH buffer this medication is most effective against outbreaks of Skin flukes (Gyrodactylus), Gill Flukes (Dactylogyrus), Internal Worms (Nematodes), Hexamita, Anchor worm (Lernea), Leeches (Piscicol) and Fish Lice (Argulus).

Absolute Wormer+ Uses Flubendzole as the main active ingredient this is a premixed formula for the treatment of internal Parasite, Worms, Flukes & Protozoa such as Hexamita that effects Tropical And Coldwater Fish.

Discus and Livebearers such as Guppies, Mollies & Platy these species are most prone to attack from gut parasites. We recommend treating your Aquarium once every 4 weeks to maintain a healthy environment.



How do I worm aquarium fish?

There are various medications available for worming aquarium fish. Some attack the worms themselves and some attach their eggs, preventing reproduction. In this video, we take a look at Absolute wormer+.

How often should I worm my fish?

There is no set rule to how often you should worm your fish. It may only be necessary to intervene when the signs are apparent though some aquarists choose to regularly treat for worms. We recommend treating every few months or when new fish are added as a preventative measure.

What does Absolute Wormer+ treat against?

Absolute Wormer+ With added pH buffer this medication is most effective against outbreaks of Skin flukes (Gyrodactylus), Gill Flukes (Dactylogyrus), Internal Worms (Nematodes), Hexamita, Anchor worm (Lernea), Leeches (Piscicol) and Fish Lice (Argulus).

About the author

James @Seriously Fishy

I am a fish keeping enthusiast with over 20 years experience. I currently keep American Cichlids (CA) which are my favourite fish to keep so far. I started Seriously Fishy as I noticed a large volume of people on various web pages looking for help with Aquarium basics. I created the first Seriously Fishy book to solve the issue in 28 pages, that led to the Seriously Fishy UK fish forum and blog.

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