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    Default New fish quarantine medication question

    Hi,
    I have been quarantining a bunch of tetras to put in my discus tank for the last 5 weeks now. The tetras developed ick shortly after purchased which I treated by raising the temperature and adding copper. I kept the copper in for a month like suggested and was wondering what's the next best corse of action in the quarantine process?

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    I'd do a solid week of water changes and observation. Do you see any other notable issues ?

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    No other issues they look very healthy, but wasnít sure if I should treat with other medicines for deworming or other potential problems?

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    I think the next step would be to take a "volunteer" discus from your discus tank and put it in with the tetras, a discus you're least likely to miss should it succumb to illness.

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    +1 .
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    What happened Russ ?
    Have you already mixed the two groups together ?
    I've read articles about fish that overcome Ich can become resistant themselves but still be carriers of the parasite for other fish , so I thought I ask if you have experienced any troubles along the way.

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    +1 What would be the preferred treatment of Tetras of parasites? Praziquantel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalawai View Post
    +1 What would be the preferred treatment of Tetras of parasites? Praziquantel?
    Prazi. is only good for gill flukes and tapeworms .
    Parasite meds. usually contain : Formaline , malachite green ,methylen blue , acrilflavine , copper sulfate Etc, etc.

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    Quote Originally Posted by Filip View Post
    Prazi. is only good for gill flukes and tapeworms .
    Parasite meds. usually contain : Formaline , malachite green ,methylen blue , acrilflavine , copper sulfate Etc, etc.
    Thank you Filip.. I’m acquiring all my quarantine meds now for my quarantine tank...still waiting on my filter boosters to come from China and other odds and ends.
    I’m either going to paint the back and sides of my quarantine tank black or white. Still deciding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalawai View Post
    Thank you Filip.. Iím acquiring all my quarantine meds now for my quarantine tank...still waiting on my filter boosters to come from China and other odds and ends.
    Iím either going to paint the back and sides of my quarantine tank black or white. Still deciding.
    If your going to buy meds just to have on hand,some good ones are:metronidazole,malechite green/formulin(Quick Cure), Furan 2(Nitrofurazone)(no longer has Furazolidone in it),but they still call it Furan2.This should take care of most issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluelagoon View Post
    If your going to buy meds just to have on hand,some good ones are:metronidazole,malechite green/formulin(Quick Cure), Furan 2(Nitrofurazone)(no longer has Furazolidone in it),but they still call it Furan2.This should take care of most issues.
    Those are on my list for my medicine cabinet in my quarantine tank. For any newcomers to Discus or other aquarium fish and quarantine. It’s better to already have these in place instead of getting the fish and having a breakout of some kind of problem and nothing to treat it with.

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    Quote Originally Posted by kalawai View Post
    Those are on my list for my medicine cabinet in my quarantine tank. For any newcomers to Discus or other aquarium fish and quarantine. It’s better to already have these in place instead of getting the fish and having a breakout of some kind of problem and nothing to treat it with.
    I like the way you said it - which is that you have a quarantine tank ready. Most people do not understand that adding medication to the large tank is ineffective and often dangerous.

    I would also recommend having a bag of plain old salt available. Kosher salt or ice cream salt are my favorites. The first thing I do with any sick fish is to put it into a quarantine tank with 1 tablespoon salt/gal. Very high dosage, but you can see that the fish will immediately feel better. There are exceptions, but often high heat and salt will cure disease with zero side effects. That means having 1 - 2 heaters that can bring the temperature up > 95F.

    The second thing is to mark your medication with a date and stick it in the freezer. Do not leave it in a warm, moist fish room.

    Advanced hobbyists have these items ready rather than react to disease.

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    Default Re: New fish quarantine medication question

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    I like the way you said it - which is that you have a quarantine tank ready. Most people do not understand that adding medication to the large tank is ineffective and often dangerous.

    I would also recommend having a bag of plain old salt available. Kosher salt or ice cream salt are my favorites. The first thing I do with any sick fish is to put it into a quarantine tank with 1 tablespoon salt/gal. Very high dosage, but you can see that the fish will immediately feel better. There are exceptions, but often high heat and salt will cure disease with zero side effects. That means having 1 - 2 heaters that can bring the temperature up > 95F.

    The second thing is to mark your medication with a date and stick it in the freezer. Do not leave it in a warm, moist fish room.

    Advanced hobbyists have these items ready rather than react to disease.

    Willie

    Thanks Willie,
    I always keep a container of aquarium salt handy it’s the go to first medication as a tonic for newly acquired fish.
    I agree with you on that there are no side affects of it... I like the idea of putting a date on the medications and placing it in a dark dry place away from high humidity. This is no problem here in Utah.....even with a big snow storm we are dealing with now...

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