treating finrot

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My Otos have finrot , and I tried Maracyn two but it just didn't work. So I did research on stronger medications, and I heard that Jungle Labs Fungus Eliminator is supposed to work really well. My parents can't take me to look for it until tomorrow, but anyway, are there any other good ones in case I can't find it at a store?
 
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Thanks everyone. If I can't find Fungus Eliminator (I've looked at two places and they sell other Jungle products but not that), then I'll try Tetracycline. I've heard that's good too. Oh, and what exactly does that mean when a medication says "may stain aquatic and non-aquatic materials"?
 

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Oh, and what exactly does that mean when a medication says "may stain aquatic and non-aquatic materials"?

Some products have color to them and can stain the silicone or tank decorations when you treat the tank.
 
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Well, I couldn't find Fungus Eliminator or Tetracycline. However, I did find Jungle Fungus Clear, which I would assume is the same thing as the Eliminator except it comes in a tablet versus crystals. It appears to be strong, since it says I can't remedicate for four days and after a 25 percent water change. It does say that "may stain" thing, but quite frankly I couldn't care less if my entire tank is purple and pink as long as my little fishies get better. Right now I can't tell if it stained anything or not because it turned my water green.
 
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Well, the Fungus Eliminator has definitely helped. However, I read somewhere to "continue treatment until the fins start growing back." Both Otos have stabilized and look generally more healthy, but they don't look like the fins have started coming back. But the treatment said to put in a tablet, wait 4 days, and if necessary do a 25% water change and add another tablet, which I have already done. I recently did a water change and removed some of the meds. Do you think after maybe another water change or two I should repeat the process? Or would I be better off waiting to see if it's really necessary??
 
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Well, they seem much better, although all of a sudden one has started acting sick again. I think it might be my nitrates. Even with weekly water changes, my nitrates are always pushing the max. It doesn't bother the livebearers, but I think it might be the cause of the finrot. Now I know why they say to keep Otos in a planted tank. I'm going to get some Java Ferns and see if they improve.
Just a little side note, the only things the medication stained are my thermometer suction cup--a really pretty light blue, much more interesting than clear -- and like 6 or 8 random pieces of gravel, don't ask .
 

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sandmaster said:
Melafix its a apI product works great
I agree it does a very good job and has natural products in it which are supposed to be good like a stress coatish thingy.
 

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To help out on your nitrate problem. How long have you had your tank ? If it is pretty new you tank may not be cycled completely. Go buy some stability made by seachem. I had a nitrate problem and this is the best chemical I have found. It takes about a week but when you start to see the nitrates drop it will go quick. Use it for about 10 days and then one time for every water change. It will build up you bio system very quickly. I use it on my 90 gal and have had very very good results.
 
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My tank is long cycled, it's probably 7 or 8 months old. I'm kind of wary about using chemicals. I'd rather see if some plants will solve the problem naturally.
 

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Just use melafix by api. It is a natural product and will take care of not only fin rot but many things like ulcers, cuts, and so on.
 

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You can also add anacharis to your list of plants. You don't even have to bury any of it in the gravel. Just throw it in the tank and let it float. A lot of fish like to nibble on it and it is a great plant for soaking up nitrates. It's also usually cheap (between $1.00 and $2.00 for a bunch of 6 stems).
 
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Anacharis...where do you get that?
Are Java Ferns good at soaking up nitrates? I just bought a few.
 

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0morrokh said:
Anacharis...where do you get that?
Are Java Ferns good at soaking up nitrates?  I just bought a few.
Next time you go to your local fish store, ask them if they can get you some, and how much would they charge you? I can get it locally here for about $1.19 for 6 stems. I ordered 300 stems of it a while back of aquabid. My turtle likes to munch on it.
 
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Hmmm, I did a search on Anacharis, and is seems as if they need really bright lighting...which I don't exactly have. Would it still be OK? At least it's cheap...Finally something cheap...must buy... :
Hey, my Otos seem to like my Java Ferns. I was joking that I should name them like all my fish, and then my dad joked that I should name then Al & Gae. So I did. ;D In case anyone cares.
I think I'm going to treat for Finrot again. It seems to be coming back to one of them.
 

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just to reply on the finrot problem:

two products I have used with good results are in order of preference:

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.   Furan-2 Capsules a little more complicated but work better.

Jungle Labs   Fungus Clear Tank Buddies these are fizzy tablets and are easier to use but take longer to work.

They both cover a multitude of problems, finrot being one of them.  I tend to keep a pharmacy on hand but I have actually used both of these products with good results.

Rose
 

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