Parasite and Fungal Medications for Fish - Angels Plus
Here are some examples of medications that can or cannot be mixed:
Tetracycline, NEVER mix Tetracycline with any other medication. The reason for this is that it is a very harsh treatment and lowers the red blood cell count in your aquarium fish.
Potassium Permanganate can be mixed with salt ONLY, and is used to aid in the treatment of external parasites such as Anchor Worms.
Triple Sulfa can be mixed with Paraguard as it aids with secondary infections and lowers the ricks of infections caused by the irritation of malachite green with certain sensitive fish such as Cory Catfish or Clown Loaches.
Paraguard, Furan 2, and Kanaplex can be mixed and this combination aids in the treatment of a wider spectrum of diseases.
With the popular AAP/API General Cure, Praziquantel is combined with the also very safe Metronidazole to make for a moderately effective in tank or medicated fish food soak product with a wide margin for safety.
Jungle/Tetra/AAP Parasite Guard is similar, but also adds the chemical treatment Acriflavin as well as Diflubenzuron (an insecticide). This is also a reasonably safe and slightly stronger external parasite product than General Cure, but based on the additional ingredients not as good for a fish food soak.
This freshwater fish disease page provides the common name, symptoms and treatment options for your sick freshwater fish. Before you use any medication on your tank make sure that you have properly diagnosed the freshwater fish disease and try to figure out why your tropical fish have the disease or problem to start. Many diseases are brought on by the fish being stressed due to transport or water quality issues. If you've just set up your tank, please read about new tank syndrome.I think it's worth pointing out that any off-the-shelf medication is not guaranteed to cure your fish. What you have got to remember is that when a fish becomes ill, they will require the same sort of attention as your pet dog would. When our non-aquatic pets become ill, a lot of us take them to the vet straight away, very few people do this with fish. If you go on any fish related website, at some stage you will read about somebody who has used every medication they can obtain and it still doesn't work. Well, unfortunately sometimes off-the-shelf medication is just not enough, antibiotics are needed and these can only be obtained from the vet in a lot of countries. Ask anybody who keeps expensive koi carp, they will tell you just how expensive medical bills can be.I thought I would be fair and list three popular companies that manufacture aquatic medication around the world. I obtained this information from Charterhouse Aquatics where you can purchase all of these medications.Aquarium Pharmaceuticals MelafixHeals open wounds & abrasions, treats fin and tail rot, eye cloud, mouth fungus and promotes regrowth of damaged fin rays & tissue. Will not adversely affect the biological filter, alter the pH, or discolour water. Safe for reef aquariums and live plants. For use in fresh or salt water Unfortunately most sick fish won't eat. Instead, place the fish in a 5 gallon bucket or tank with a small heater and airstone. Medicate the water in the bucket. Change the water every 1-2 days by throwing out the old water, replacing it with water from the tank andadding new medication. Not only is this safer for the remaining healthy fish in the tank, but it also water changes the tank, reducing toxins which may have precipitated the disease. I prefer this method over normal hospital tanks because extra tanks are a pain to maintain and their biofilters are constantly killed by medications. Buy a 5 or 10 gallon tank or bucket, heater and airpump, and use it when you need it!Malachite Green 100%: This is effective against fungus of both fish and fish eggs. If used on eggs, only use for the first 24 hrs, then change water. It is also useful against parasites, such as gill flukes, ich and trichodina. It can be harsh on some sensitive fish like certain catfish. Use a lower dose on those. It combines well with formalin to make an even more effective medication. It does not affective nitrifying bacteria to any great amount. It is more harsh in low pH and low hardness. Best used with a GH of 100 or higher and in lower temperatures (70s).