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These are the bare essentials I recommend for quarantining:
- Anti-parasitic: Copper Power with a Hanna High Range Copper Colorimeter (HI702) for testing. Treats Ich & velvet.
- Anti-parasitic: Metronidazole (e.g. Seachem Metroplex); treats brook & uronema.
- Dewormer: Prazipro or API General Cure.
- Antibiotics: AAP Spectrogram or Nitrofuracin Green Powder
- Emergency bath treatments: Ruby Reef Rally and Formalin
- Internal Issues: Seachem Focus can be used with General Cure if internal parasites/intestinal worms are encountered (more info).
- Anti-parasitic: Chloroquine Phosphate is an alternative to using copper, and treats Ich + Velvet + Brook + Uronema.
- Dewormer: Fenbendazole can be used to treat prazi resistant worms (internal & external).
- Bath treatment: Methylene Blue treats ammonia burn, cuts, cyanide poisoning. Excellent “first response” treatment for a sick fish.
- Internal Issues: Neomycin (e.g. Seachem Neoplex) + Metronidazole (e.g. Seachem Metroplex) will not get absorbed by the fish’s gastrointestinal tract, thus making both excellent antibiotics to soak in food to treat internal infections (more info).
- Anti-parasitic: Cupramine with a Seachem or Salifert copper test kit. (Hanna HI702 Colorimeter will test this form of copper as well.)
- Antibiotics: Combining Kanaplex + Furan-2 + Metroplex is an old standby for treating bacterial infections (more options).
- Antibiotics: Erythromycin is the treatment of choice for eye infections.
- Antibacterial: Melafix (herbal remedy) is sometimes an effective treatment for mild bacterial infections.
- Antiseptic: Seachem StressGuard is useful to promote healing of injured ﬁsh (wounds).
- Misc: Epsom salt (1 tablespoon per 5 gallons) is sometimes useful to relieve swelling, especially "pop eye".
- Misc: Soak fish food in vitamin supplements such as Selcon, Zoecon and Vita-chem. This will boost a fish’s natural immune system and is particularly useful for clearing viruses such as Lymphocystis.
- Misc: Soak fish food in garlic to stimulate appetite. Useful for new fish that refuse to eat.
- Misc: Always keep an ammonia reducer, such as Amquel or Prime, on hand. You never know when you might need it. A reducer can be useful for immediately neutralizing ammonia in the DT or QT (so long as no medications are present, especially copper), or when drip acclimating a new fish that has been in transit a while and ammonia has built up.