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A girlfriend of mine has axolotls infected with chytrid. Her vet prescribed lamisil for the surviving animals. When she went to pick up the stuff, though, the woman at the counter was very rude and said "I don't know anything about fish" so we have this question: Is this medicine for the amphibians only or should the fish be treated with it, too?
 

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As with any chytrid treatment, you will need to completely strip and dry out/disinfect the whole aquarium, as otherwise the axolotls will just be reinfected when they go back in. Have the axolotls been swabbed for chytrid? They are usually asymptomatic and other fungi could be implicated if the vet is just going from physical signs.

It is better to house an axolotl without fish, any way (they will damage the salamanders' gills and may get eaten in return - axies come from naturally fishless waters). Fish probably don't carry chytrid, but you will reinfect tanks just by moving water with fish on the animal and on nets etc, so they will need to be treated somehow. I don't know if it is safe to use Lamisil on fish, however, so that's something to ask the vet.

I can't stress enough the importance of disinfecting everything between lamisil treatments to avoid reinfection. This means the enclosure, the treatment container, equipment and hands in such a way that you don't track chytrid back to the animals after their bath. It would probably be a good idea to make up a water butt or similar of usable, uninfected tank water as you will need to do 100% water changes and tank sterilisation between treatments. Remember, your filter will also need to be sterilised.
 
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    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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    Ok, thanks!
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    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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