Your GO TO medicines to treat sick fish that you keep on hand!

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Do you keep GO TO medicines to treat sick fish on hand and ready to go?

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We're continuing our topics on sick fish this week and one thing that sick fish need is fish medication! It's good to have certain types of medicines on hand for different types of sickness but which ones are the GO TO Medicines? Let's talk about it!

What are the GO TO medicines to treat sick fish that you always try to have on hand?


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What I keep on hand:
copper power
prazipro
metroplex
kanaplex
focus
maracyn 1/2
General Cure
Ruby Rally Pro

I think I also have a few random API packets products like fin and body cure, super ich cure, etc... but a lot of those are for freshwater or things I rarely use for marine fish.
 

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I have currently:
Cipro (anemones)
Metronidazole
Acriflavin (just as bath if needed) - not really use
Chloriquine Phosphate (close to expiration date)
Prazipro (praziquantel)
Triple Cure (kanamycin, metronidazole and nitrofurazone)

Edit: Forgot, have Lugols for corals.
 
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I just started stocking up on these and have never used any of them (thankfully!), so don't take my advice for stocking your own, but here’s what I've started accumulating. Although, I believe what I have will manage most of the common fish illnesses (or atleast the initial treatment).

PraziPro $4.59 via BRS for 1 oz bottle
Seachem Cupramine $5.68 via BRS for 50 mL bottle
Seachem MetroPlex $7.59 via BRS for 5 grams
Hanna Copper Checker (I have a used one on order, but $59.99 via BRS)
Seachem Prime $4.52 via BRS for 100 mL bottle
Methylene Blue (I got for free, but $7.80 via Amazon)

I post the prices so you can see how affordable it is to have some of these medications on hand. All the medications above can be had for about $30 and if you buy the Hanna Checker too, less than $100. Seeing as how people spend $50 on overnight shipping and several hundred dollars on frags, having medications on hand for the emergent treatment of fish is the least I can do to be a responsible and respectful fish owner.
 

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For me:
Ruby rally pro which covers an array of issues

coppersafe

metroplex and focus
 

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Polyp Lab Medic. In Canada, we've very limited to what we can treat fish with (no copper, no prazi, etc.)

I second that. I used Poly Lab Medic with my Ich outbreak in my DT along with Vitamins and garlic soaked Nori.
6 out of 21 fish did pass but the rest recovered.

Ich has been gone 3 months now.
 

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I second that. I used Poly Lab Medic with my Ich outbreak in my DT along with Vitamins and garlic soaked Nori.
6 out of 21 fish did pass but the rest recovered.

Ich has been gone 3 months now.
Same, except it was velvet (nasty stuff). I've been adding Selcon as well.
 

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What I keep on hand:
copper power
prazipro
metroplex
kanaplex
focus
maracyn 1/2
General Cure
Ruby Rally Pro

I think I also have a few random API packets products like fin and body cure, super ich cure, etc... but a lot of those are for freshwater or things I rarely use for marine fish.
LOL, now that I've read a few other responses, I noticed I also had a few other items I didn't list originally.

in addition to the above, I've also got:
cupramine (don't like to use this any longer, which is why I didn't mention it before)
paraguard (also don't use this much, but have it if necessary)
I have about 10 packets of Safety Stop dips, which is formalin and methylene blue.
I also have melafix that I mostly use for dipping corals, but have used it in a fish QT before.
I also have a bottle of kick-ich, which came in a combo pack with the Ruby Rally Pro. Have never used it though.
I also hve some fenbendazole in the form of dog dewormer powder.
and last but not least, H2O2, which I use for a lot of things. killing aips, killing algae, killing parasites, etc.
 

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  • Copper Power or Copper Safe Cryptocaryon / velvet
  • PraziPro (praziquantel in solution) External Flukes
  • Kanaplex (kanamycin) Gram + / - bacteria infections
  • Metronidazole Gram + bacteria infections
  • Maracyn (erythromycin) Gram + bacteria infections
  • Rally Pro (acriflavine, aminoacridine) Gram + / - bacterial infections

  • I do not have anything stocked to treat Brooklynella. Chloroquine is not available due to public misuse as a covid treatment. I do not stock formalin due to associated risks.
 

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I have several different marine antibiotics and also some ich medications.

I have had good success treating cloudy eye and skin infections although occurrences have been rare in my 25 years of marine fish.
 
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