Aquarium Fish Medication Selection Guide - Drs. Foster and Smith
Before administering any medication to your marine aquarium fish, consider the following 7 guidelines:
Make sure that when you do treat with antibiotics, you follow the recommended course including all recommended does and FULL treatment amounts (for all fish), especially when fish improve. This is a point that many aquarists do not follow. Well meaning aquarists will purchase just enough medication for one or two doses when three or four are the minimum required. Then, the fish may improve somewhat and the aquarist assumes all is good, but the fish goes downhill. Subsequent treatments with the same antibiotic are now not as effective due to the disease pathogen building up an immunity to this antibiotic.
I've had aquarists confront me stating I thought you said this medication would work, the fish got better, but then they got sick again and now they're worse than before. When I dug deeper I found that only one or two treatments had been used and this is the common result when one treats with most antibiotics this way. An exception is Triple Sulfa (or any Sulfa) which are not true antibiotics, rather Sulfas are antimicrobials. That said about Sulfas, they too are much more effective when the full course is followed.
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Never accept (or trust) amateur diagnosis, especially not adiagnosis given sight unseen. No honest aquarium expert orprofessional will tell you what your fish has without consulting with - a veterinarian whohas examined the fish in question. Some pet store employees will helpyou select medication, but the good ones will be asking you aboutsymptoms and then pointing you to medications that claim to treat thatsymptom. If the employee is telling you which medication to use basedon a very brief description of what you think the fish has, don'texpect their advice to be any better than your guess.Also remember to remove any carbon from your before medicating your aquarium, asthe carbon, if it is working, should remove the medication from thewater in under an hour, and if the medication is removed this quickly,you are not treating the fish. If the carbon is not able to remove themedication from the water this quickly, then it is saturated andshould be replaced.I think it's worth pointing out that any off-the-shelf medication is not guaranteed to cure your fish. What you have got to remember is that when a fish becomes ill, they will require the same sort of attention as your pet dog would. When our non-aquatic pets become ill, a lot of us take them to the vet straight away, very few people do this with fish. If you go on any fish related website, at some stage you will read about somebody who has used every medication they can obtain and it still doesn't work. Well, unfortunately sometimes off-the-shelf medication is just not enough, antibiotics are needed and these can only be obtained from the vet in a lot of countries. Ask anybody who keeps expensive koi carp, they will tell you just how expensive medical bills can be.I thought I would be fair and list three popular companies that manufacture aquatic medication around the world. I obtained this information from Charterhouse Aquatics where you can purchase all of these medications.Aquarium Pharmaceuticals MelafixHeals open wounds & abrasions, treats fin and tail rot, eye cloud, mouth fungus and promotes regrowth of damaged fin rays & tissue. Will not adversely affect the biological filter, alter the pH, or discolour water. Safe for reef aquariums and live plants. For use in fresh or salt waterGeneral Cure Anti-Parasitic Fish Medication treats a wide variety of parasitic diseases including velvet, anchor worm, fish lice, hole-in-the-head disease (Hexamita spp. & Spironucleus spp.), gill & skin flukes (Dactylogyrus spp. & Gyrodactylus spp.). For use in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. This medication will not color the aquarium water. Contains 10 powder packets. Use 1 packet per 10 gallons of water.