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teetsymomo
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Setting up a medicine chest
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:48:08 PM »

I'm looking to get the essentials I would need in case my goldies get sick. What types of medication would be recommended that I keep on hand. Right now I have:
API Liquid Super Ick
Tetra Parasite guard
Tetra Fungus guard

Thanks!
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Andrea
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2010, 12:34:50 AM »

Melafix, Pimafix and Aquarium Salt. If you have easy access to all these medications and more, I wouldn't go to overboard though, it's great to have the basics but you don't want to waste your money on something you will never use or goes off before you use it. So pick the stuff that can treat a wide variety or common diseases.
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Hanna
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2010, 01:20:05 AM »

Tri-Sulfa-Tablets and Aquari-Cycline-Tablets if sth stronger is needed and you cannot get it because shops are closed. They treat a variety of deseases too... As Andrea said this is important to look for those meds... but on the other hand I really don't care if sth goes off and I never needed it before...  Tongue

Epsom Salts.

GOOD POST TEETSY,  KARMA

... after everybody put his /her opinion down, we may summarize and make a Sticky... Teetsy, YOUR first Sticky.  Grin
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April
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2010, 01:34:26 AM »

Medicated fish food, I'm using Jungle brand antibiotic pellets and Tailer loves 'em the crunching sound he makes when eating them is quite loud  Shocked
Kordon rid ich (sp?) is good too. Agreed about this being a good candidate for a sticky - nice one Teetsy Wink Christmas karma for you.
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Hanna
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010, 01:41:04 AM »

For weekly treatments I started to use Fishtamin, it is a vitamin supplement

... I know there are different opinions about it
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Nossie
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2010, 05:23:20 AM »

I just have salt and Epsom salt, it's all I need Smiley I also happen to have medicated food and furanol 2 (antibiotic) since the last sick-fish adventure Wink

But I'd say only salts and medicated foods, for various reasons. It's usually not very hard to get some anti-bacterial, -fungal or -parasitic medication whenever it's actually needed Smiley
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Mindemae
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 08:06:30 AM »

I keep a huge lot of mecations on hand, just because we live so far away from a store and acually only go there once a month to stock up on groceries and stuff.  I think keeping stuff on hand is a good thing since you want to treat as soon as possible at the first sign of illness.  You will have a better outcome if you do. Smiley
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2010, 04:02:19 PM »

I live pretty close to my shop Smiley Which is why I strongly advice that people don't get too big loads of meds, as they lose their strength.

Salt and the like should help halt the illness until you get the stronger meds as required.
However, I don't think methylene blue and other chemicals would deteriorate the way "mixed" medications do. so I guess (if I could) I'd have that around too Smiley Personally, I'll work with the more preventive technique Wink
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Hanna
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2010, 04:08:56 PM »

Nossie, basically fully agreed: PREVENTION IS ALWAYS THE BEST  Cheesy

... but sometimes... unfortunately it can happen... and in Mindes case, living far away from the closest pet shop, yes, she's doing right having it all there.

I believe this is a very good factor to  decide wether one has all on hand or only the basics Wink
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2010, 04:19:40 PM »

Never said anything else Tongue
I completely understand her keeping everything in stock, because I have lived all my life far away from any shops, so we used to stock up everything once a week/two weeks.
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Hanna
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2010, 04:36:29 PM »

Of course you didn't  Wink cheeky girl, lol Tongue LOL
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Mindemae
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2010, 04:42:10 PM »

It's really a personal choice.
I just feel better and more secure by having it at hand.
I would go crazy if today or on another holiday when everything is closed and then tomorrow too, my fish got sick and I would have to wait until Monday to treat my fish with the proper medication. Wink
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2010, 04:45:20 PM »

That's always a possibility! And it happens that some shops don't carry stronger meds, that you may have to order online, and... well, everyone knows how that went for me Tongue

I have some stronger stuff on hand NOW, just in case. But I sit around pretending that as long as I won't open the jar it won't go bad... Tongue
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2010, 04:47:44 PM »

But that is true...as long as the medicine is still sealed it should be fine to use...but I would throw the rest out after using it if some is left. Smiley
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2010, 05:34:52 PM »

Yep. Heard the same about food, that once you open it, it will lose the nutrition really quick, so you should buy SMALL SMALL amounts of food and throw them out after two weeks.

I don't listen to that though.
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Andrea
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2010, 06:05:14 AM »

I prefer to wait because I really don't have the money to be wasting it on something I am never going to use and/or goes off. I live like 20 minutes-half an hour away from the shop so it's no worries to get there, plus when I'm going to university I am heading that way anyway so I could just drop in there before or after I get on the train.

I have spent so much money on all the medication I brought for Sunshine the past few weeks and of course I would do anything for Sunshine, but I didn't even use some of them and others didn't work  Undecided So I definitely agree with Nossie.
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2010, 06:15:43 AM »

I say it is personal preference and the given situation HOW one can or cannot get the meds in case needed.
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2010, 06:16:33 AM »

Everybody already agreed to that Tongue Which is what the forum is for, personal opinions and that only.
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2010, 06:18:08 AM »

Yeah like in Minde's case I would do the same as her. It reminds me I should get some more melafix though because I do like to have that on hand.
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2010, 06:20:07 AM »

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Everybody already agreed to that Tongue Which is what the forum is for, personal opinions and that only.

Well, than we should leave it at this instead of draging on and on, lol  Wink
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Andrea
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2010, 06:23:10 AM »

I just had to drop my opinion in  Cheesy
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2010, 10:18:25 AM »

Anyways!   What I did was, I bought an extra $3 tub at walmart and now put all my medicinal items to treat the fish in it, and then it is tucked away in a cupboard part of a fish stand.  That way if someone gets sick, I have all my medications and salt in one place and can find it easily. Smiley  I think that's important too especially if you have more than one tank and stands.  I use to tuck a few things here and there but this is more organized and I feel even better.  It's stressful enough when a fish gets sick and then to have to search for the medication you want to use..."now which stand cupboard did I put that"....is not fun to play! LOL!
Um yeah, but I have currently have 6 tanks running plus the baby tub. Cheesy  I also put all the baby food/fry food in a little plastic container so I have it all on hand for next time  Wink
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Re: Setting up a medicine chest
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2010, 01:50:01 AM »

I have Quick Cure by Aquarium Products as one of my fish medicine supply. Smiley
It's cheap and it works really great! Smiley
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