Could Someone Hook Me Up With Kanaplex/maracyn Ii?

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I live in Canada and apparently some law was passed which prohibits the selling of veterinary medicine in pet stores, which happens to include Kanaplex (and Maracyn 2 I think, as I haven’t seen it in stores)?? My betta has been suffering from slight fin rot for a few months now and I just want something that I know will work and is safe for shrimp. I’ve tried (expired) erythromycin treatment two times before, the second with some salt added and it never seemed to make a difference. I got Melafix and I just found out last night through this forum that it’s just snake oil for fin rot, and merely helps for adding new fish, which explains why I’ve seen no improvement with that either (still angry about wasting my money on it).


I read that Kanaplex was the best choice and safe for shrimp so I just want something I know is gonna work rather then spending more money on random medications (sigh).


The problem is that shipping costs and conversion rates for even a tiny 5gram packet of it add up to $25 no matter where I look!


I would really really appreciate if someone who has this or could buy it in the US could send some to me. I am fairly certain it would be small enough to send in an envelope which means that $10 shipping would be very unnecessary! (Yet amazon and ebay insist on this. Sigh). Another factor I’m uncertain on is the canada post strike happening (again, THANKS canada post, always making it difficult for all the hobbyists out there to get supplies).


I would send you money through paypal once shipping costs and such are figured out! So long as it’s cheaper than $24 CAD I will happily pay!
 

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It's still best to not use antibiotics when there are other options of treatment still available such as aquarium salt baths or hydrogen peroxide dabs. Many cities will also have local aquarium societies and if you can find one, you can try requesting if one of the members have it. Or try posting an ad on Kijiji and see if other aquarists have it. It's still better to not use antibiotics if it's only mild fin rot which can be treated with other methods.
 
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It's still best to not use antibiotics when there are other options of treatment still available such as aquarium salt baths or hydrogen peroxide dabs. Many cities will also have local aquarium societies and if you can find one, you can try requesting if one of the members have it. Or try posting an ad on Kijiji and see if other aquarists have it. It's still better to not use antibiotics if it's only mild fin rot which can be treated with other methods.
I've never heard of those being recommended for fin rot before. I did add salt in the second erythromycin treatment but didn't seem to affect it. Never heard anything about hydrogen peroxide. Is that safe? Kijiji isn't a bad idea at all, thank you for the suggestion I will post one asking. Would be the fastest method for sure. And I dislike prolonging fish sickness when it can be quickly solved with medicine. For example, ich treatment with the heat and salt method seems to take a week longer than just using medication. How effective are salt baths? I'm worried the bacteria may have become somewhat resistant to weaker medications as a result of other treatments not working....
 

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Personally I'd really recommend a 2-3% hydrogen peroxide swab on the fins instead. I have one that suffers real bad from fin rot ans I've tried everything from erytheomycin, kanaplex, Methylene blue, IAL's, basically everything, and the Methylene blue and hydrogen peroxide swab worked the best
 

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CIR 84/FA084: Use of Antibiotics in Ornamental Fish Aquaculture

Erythromycin is most effective against gram-positive bacteria, such as Streptococcus species. The vast majority of bacteria that cause disease in fish are gram-negative, so erythromycin should only be used after culture and sensitivity test results confirm it will be effective. Also, erythromycin is not very effective in a bath treatment, and it should only be administered by injection or in feed. Erythromycin is not FDA-approved for use with food fish.
Maracyn II (minocycline) isn't a good choice for many of the reasons listed for tetracyclines.

Drugs in dry form are almost always still good decades after their expiration dates.
 
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Personally I'd really recommend a 2-3% hydrogen peroxide swab on the fins instead. I have one that suffers real bad from fin rot ans I've tried everything from erytheomycin, kanaplex, Methylene blue, IAL's, basically everything, and the Methylene blue and hydrogen peroxide swab worked the best
Thanks for the tip, highly considering that now. Is the kind you can find at a pharmacy safe then?
 
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