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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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What meds should I use for secondary infection

I posted this one Tuesday. I am currently treating a serpae tetra for parasites in a hospital tank. Not sure if it is flukes or velvet or something else. Scratching & occasional twitching were his symptoms. No fast breathing or hanging on the surface. However he stays in the back by himself only comes out to eat, sometimes. The flashlight trick at night appears to show gold looking glitter on gill plates & some on body. But it could be his natural color considering he has a tan / reddish orange color? I am not going into this any further since he is already being treated. Question is: what meds should I give with the coppersafe already being administered. I have 3 ideas: Nothing, or maracyn ( erythromycin) since it is gram positive not like nitrobacter which gram negative, or Maracyn 2 which treats gram negative? Another option could be methylene blue for fungal but not sure if or any would be ok with current med. Currently no signs of fungus . Maybe I should wait to see how the fish comes out of treatment/waterchange???? Day 6 of 10 day treatment. Any input would like some ideas. Thanks
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 08:48 PM
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Fix the main problem first. The rest will take care of itself. One med at a time. You can kill your fish or make the main med ineffective if you mix meds just like people meds.

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Thanks, thats what I was thinking as well. The fish is not scratching in the hospital tank so maybe all the bugs are gone. I was thinking of reducing the copper a little say 20% even though it has not been 10 days yet. I feel bad for the fish. When I put my hands in the water it causes my hands to itch fairly quickly. Thats following dosage directions. Copper treatment is one of the harder meds on fish. Can you imagine what the fish feels? I feel for the little guy. He is a fighter. I will take your advice .
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