Question about medication??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hendryx, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Hendryx

    Hendryx Valued Member Member

    Just a quick question, something I was wondering about..

    When treating an aquarium and fish for a bacterial or fungal infection does the medication used also kill the good bacteria we have built up in our tanks and filtration systems???
     
  2. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    unfortunately, most meds will kill off some bacteria :(
    but a mini cycle is something that can recover faster than starting completely new....
     
  3. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    I think that's a large part of why people prefer hospital/quarantine tanks to treat only the sick fish. Also, it is why many people try to avoid medications and look for more natural remedies (clean tank, well-varied diet, garlic, StressCoat+, etc.)
     
  4. OP
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    Hendryx

    Hendryx Valued Member Member

    The reason I was wondering is, I have a little oranda baby with cotton mouth (came to me that way) she is in my 10gal Q tank and is being treated with API pimafix, it is day 4 of the 7 day treatment and the cottony growths are just about gone, but I was worried about my good bacteria, it took forever to cycle that little tank lol..thanks for the replies.
     
  5. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    you'll prbably have to build the cycle back up in your q tank after you are done with the treatment. I, along with some others here, have tossed around the idea of using Nurtrafin Cycle in a hosp tank that is set up temporarily, then you don't have to worry about keeping an additionsal filter cycled.
     
  6. OP
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    Hendryx

    Hendryx Valued Member Member

    Hmmmm, that just may be a good alternative, it's hard to keep it cycled when the new fishes go to their permanent homes..thanx for the idea.
     
  7. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    even if it doesnt kill it, which it probably will, you need new media after the medication is done...you dont want to use the same stuff again with the medication in it
     
  8. OP
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    Hendryx

    Hendryx Valued Member Member

    good to know..I always cringe at totally changing out media lol..thank goodness it's just the Q tank.
     
  9. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    I say good job having a q tank set up. This is exactly how it is intended to work/
     




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