Does MelaFix kill beneficial bacteria?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by Aquatica88, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Aquatica88Valued MemberMember

    Hello all,

    I have taken a hiatus of sorts from this site (fish are still alive and kicking...err, swimming), but I had a quick question. I noticed my male Betta has a little bit of a torn/discolored dorsal fin and was thinking a couple of doses of MelaFix could help this.

    You might think this is an odd question, but I wanted to ask before seriously messing up my cycle. Does anyone happen to know if tea tree oil will kill BB? I want to help my betta's fin heal, but if something like Stress Coat would be better, then I'll use that.
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    No it doesn't but Melafis isn't good for Bettas I believe as it can affect their labyrinth organ, hopefully someone with more betta knowledge can chime in on that.
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I don't think you need to use Melafix or Stress Coat. Frequent, large water changes should help, and if it doesn't, you'll need something strong than Melafix or Stress Coat anyway.

    I think Melafix is bad for labyrinth fish too.
  4. OP

    Aquatica88Valued MemberMember

    Thank you for your feedback! I will just dose the tank with Stress Coat then. I have also been regularly changing the water (it's a 5.5 gallon), so I will keep it up.
  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    No need for Stress Coat either, but if it makes you feel better, go for it! Hope he recovers soon!

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