F8 Puffer Meds

CHanna
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My Lfs recently got in some Figure 8 Puffers so I had to pick one up. The guy there told me they were shipped 6 puffers all in one bag and they got a bit nippy. The one I got has some damage to his fins, some damage on his back and side. Lfs had been treating them with API Melafix for the open wounds and fins so I picked a bottle up. Along with the Melafix is there anything else I should be using? The other meds I have currently are IchX, General Cure, and Furan 2. Also should I be worried about parasites and if so would general cure take care of it? Not to sure how sensitive puffers are to meds as this is my first. All parameters are good and ive began to convert to brackish water, salinity is 1.002. Thank you all info and help is very much appreciated!
 
wishuponafish
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CHanna said:
My Lfs recently got in some Figure 8 Puffers so I had to pick one up. The guy there told me they were shipped 6 puffers all in one bag and they got a bit nippy. The one I got has some damage to his fins, some damage on his back and side. Lfs had been treating them with API Melafix for the open wounds and fins so I picked a bottle up. Along with the Melafix is there anything else I should be using? The other meds I have currently are IchX, General Cure, and Furan 2. Also should I be worried about parasites and if so would general cure take care of it? Not to sure how sensitive puffers are to meds as this is my first. All parameters are good and ive began to convert to brackish water, salinity is 1.002. Thank you all info and help is very much appreciated!
Apart from dewormers, switching over to brackish is all you need IMO. Salt fights all sorts of bacterial and fungal infections as well as ich and helps keep their slime coat and immune system healthy so they can regenerate. My figure 8s came in with tattered fins but they regrew good as new.

As for deworming, I used general cure as a preventative when they first came in but they weren't showing any symptoms in the first place so I can't say how well it works. I would advise treating them with that or any other dewormer though, and it's better to soak it into their food than to mix it into their water.
 
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CHanna
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wishuponafish said:
Apart from dewormers, switching over to brackish is all you need IMO. Salt fights all sorts of bacterial and fungal infections as well as ich and helps keep their slime coat and immune system healthy so they can regenerate. My figure 8s came in with tattered fins but they regrew good as new.

As for deworming, I used general cure as a preventative when they first came in but they weren't showing any symptoms in the first place so I can't say how well it works. I would advise treating them with that or any other dewormer though, and it's better to soak it into their food than to mix it into their water.
Very good to know about the salt, makes sense they were treating with melafix at the store as they were still in freshwater. I will start deworming as a preventative as I always do even though he shows no signs now. Just was not to sure about the General Cure, as for soaking the food. Do you soak it in an entire packet of general cure and just poor it all in, and for how long?
 
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CHanna said:
Very good to know about the salt, makes sense they were treating with melafix at the store as they were still in freshwater. I will start deworming as a preventative as I always do even though he shows no signs now. Just was not to sure about the General Cure, as for soaking the food. Do you soak it in an entire packet of general cure and just poor it all in, and for how long?
It was a long time ago but I thawed 2 cubes of bloodworms in a little cup and drained most of the water out, then mixed in a third or half a packet (I think) or so of GC and fed it over a few days, storing it in the freezer each time. I do recall that when I used a whole packet it was too much and they didn't eat it.
 
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CHanna
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wishuponafish said:
It was a long time ago but I thawed 2 cubes of bloodworms in a little cup and drained most of the water out, then mixed in a third or half a packet (I think) or so of GC and fed it over a few days, storing it in the freezer each time. I do recall that when I used a whole packet it was too much and they didn't eat it.
Awesome that was my plan, thanks for the advice!
 
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