What To Get For A First-aid Kit

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Briggs, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    I'm putting together a first-aid kit for my Bettas, and I'd like some advice on what to stock it with. What do you keep on hand for emergencies? What should I avoid when dealing with bettas specifically? I have nerite snails and I might get shrimp in the future, but I have a small tank with it's own filter and heater to use as a hospital/quarantine tank, so their sensitives don't necessarily need to be a major factor. ...though medications that work for snails and shrimp might be a good thing to have on hand, too.

    I know the best first treatment for most fishy ails is a water change, and don't plan on jumping into medication without being certain it's necessary, but I'd like the security of knowing that if something does go really wrong really fast, I have good treatment options on hand.
     
  2. clk89

    clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would keep some frozen peas, epson salt, garlic guard or garlic you can turn into garlic juice, something that releases tannis, and prazi pro. I'm sure other members will give you a more complete list. These are just things that are great to have around, and I feel like some don't think about.
     
  3. OP
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    Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    Frozen peas and fresh garlic I have (I put fresh garlic in anything I can get away with when cooking, vampires beware!) and drift wood in both tanks that slowly leak tannis. I'll add epson salt and prazi pro to my list, though, thanks!
     




  4. clk89

    clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    Your welcome and just as a heads up garlic is good for an immune boost and can make food yummy tasting. You don't feed garlic directly, you just soak the garlic in water to make garlic juice then mix food in with the garlic juice.
     
  5. MudSkipper

    MudSkipper Valued Member Member

    A wholesome and varied diet of various high quality flake, pellet, frozen and freeze dried along with added supplements (garlic guard, vitachem) can go a long way in terms of a fishes longetivity and immunity. I would also advocate for food that has spirulina algae in the top ingredients as it has various immunal and dietary benefits. As for meds, Prazi pro, general cure, melafix. Also if in an instance your fish get sick, medicate with one medicine for two weeks if symptoms still continue consult Fishlore, we are happy to help!
     
  6. OP
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    Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    Isn't melafix supposed to be bad for labyrinthine fish? Do I have that confused with something else?
     
  7. AllieSten

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    I heard that also.

    Following your post. I need to assemble a first aid kit too.
     
  8. clk89

    clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yeah it's not that good for labyrinthine fish, and it doesn't really do much either.
     
  9. OP
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    Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    I've been following a lot of 'Help my fish is sick' posts on here and trying to take notes. (I think @CindiL is acting as a vet for hundreds of fish owners at this point, bless her) I figured it might be easier to just ask the forum for a list of recommendations to keep on hand. I'd rather not have to scramble for whatever I can get at Walmart if an emergency hits.
     
  10. AllieSten

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    When I was at Petco earlier in the week, I looked for methylene blue, kanaplex, or priazapro just to start stocking some stuff. They didn't have anything but aquarium salt and melafix. That was it. So I am going to start adding one thing each time I order from Amazon (which is at least twice a week lol) to assemble it that way. Methylene blue is in my cart currently waiting on my next order lol
     
  11. OP
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    Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    This is almost exactly my plan! Slowly gather a fish medication war chest one or two items at a time from amazon (and specialist sites, maybe) when I place orders. If there is stuff I can get at the grocery store or a drug store, all the better.
     
  12. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

  13. AllieSten

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

  14. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    Here is what I would recommend as must haves for any fish medicine cabinet:

    Aquarium salt
    Epsom salt
    Nitrofurazone of any brand (Tetra Fungus Guard, API Furan-2, Jungle Fungus Tabs, Hikari Bifuran). This is always my go to medicine for anything external, whether it be sores or fin rot.
    Methylene Blue
    Paraguard (malachite green) or Hikari Betta Revive which has both methylene blue and malachite green and neomycin in it.
    Prazi Pro (praziquantel) or API General Cure which has both praziquantel and metronidazole in it.
     
  15. OP
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    Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    Thank you! Hopefully I'll never need most of these, but I'll sleep better with some on hand. My local vet sees cats, dogs, and large farm animals. If I tried to ask about medicating a sick fish they would probably assume I was joking.
     
  16. oOBlueOo

    oOBlueOo Well Known Member Member

    I make sure I always have kanaplex, Bifuran, and prazipro on hand. The first two can be used as a combo for stubborn infections. Focus is good too for mixing kanaplex with food.

    Medicine expires, so be aware of the best by date and replace.
     




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