|Re: What medicines/remedies do you use?|
Subject: Re: What medicines/remedies do you use?
by Dataguru on 2009/7/10 22:07:38
Off the top of my head.
Antibiotics I won't use
These hit mainly gram positive bacteria (most bacteria that mess with fish are gram negative)
These antibiotics have resistance issues
-sulfa (with no trimethoprim in it)
-nitrofurazone (plus is light sensitive and carcinogenic)
My preference for fish antibiotics are
-Baytril (enrofloxacin) injectable or bath, prescription only.
-kanamycin (food preferably or bath) tho you don't want to use this with fish with compromised kidneys (e.g. dropsy).
-tetracycline (food preferably or bath)
-maracyn plus (potentiated sulfa for bath)
-metronidazole (food preferably or bath) this hits anaerobic bacteria and some protozoans (e.g. hexamita). indications: gill huffing, food spitting, emaciation, floaty/gassy poop.
-Both metromeds and medigold/medikoi are great medicated foods that could be crushed up for livebearers or crushed and incorporated in a gel food.
Flukes (and some intestinal worms)
Other intestional parasites
-jungle antiparasite food
You can get a quick knockdown of most external single celled critters by using a potassium permanganate bath.
I bypass the biomedia, add plenty of surface agitation, and dose 3ppm in a high flow area... if that goes brown prior to 6 hours you may add up to 2 more doses at 2ppm. After the treatment, decolor with peroxide, then do a partial water change. PP is a strong oxydizer so make sure you calculate the doses correctly.