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How much would you spend

to medicate a $5 fish? A $10 fish? How about a $20, $50, or $100 fish?

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It depends. A community fish in my tank, remove to a QT container and some heat and salted water and hope for the best.

For my GF's betta, a lot. It was just a petstore betta. It got really sick when we first got it, our city had an outbreak of something and our tap water was coming out high ammonia and we weren't using any dechlorinator that removed ammonia, so switched to prime to ride out the water outbreak and he was sick, I treated him with just some salts and a few other things I had laying around.

6 months later, he got bloated, really bad. His scales were starting to raise like dropsy and I thought he was done for but she is realllly attached to him (I am too, he has a personality. lol.) So it was treating him with salt, indian almond leaves, maracyn 2 and 2 other med's from Seachem for parasites and another broad spectrum antibiotic that weren't cheap (as isn't the maracyn 2). I kept treating the water and changing twice a day for a while with no effect and eventually switched foods to a Omega foods spirulina flake (not cheap) and mixing the meds directly into the food. A month later of treatment and his swelling went down, his scales went down and he is more energetic than ever and it's been months now. He eats, swims, blows his bubble nest and even got an upgraded tank from a 2.5 to a 5.5 all by himself.

What did it cost me to save a $4 fish. No idea. Making my GF happy and saving her fish, priceless. lol.

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I would not put a $ amount on it; I would spend as much as needed. They are all living creatures and I try my best to recreate their natural habitat and take care of them.


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@ GeTo ~ that's a great story about your GF Betta.

@sick lid ~ I suppose it depends on the fish. If it were my $10 pleco - I'd do just about everything I possibly could and not worry about the expense. If it was one one ($2.50) Chili's probably half as much as I would on the pleco... I'm in love with that silly little pleco and adore my chili's but would go further for the pleco.

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I would not put a $ amount on it; I would spend as much as needed. They are all living creatures and I try my best to recreate their natural habitat and take care of them.
Yeah but in nature if a fish gets sick, there is not someone giving the fish medications. I do think that fish deserve the best from us, but there has got to be a limit to how much money you put in to a single fish. I would have a really hard time spending lots of money on a single ill neon tetra. If I can't heal it with the stuff I have around, I tend to let nature take course. Now if one of my fish that I am more "attached" to where to get ill I would go out and get the necessary medication. I remember when two of my angel fish got Ich I was doing every thing I could (within reason) to cure them.
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Depends on what fish, how attached, etc. my discus, apistos, or peacock gudgeons, a lot. My swordtails, tetras, or guppies, very little if any. I have a huge attachment to the fish I can't quite get every day, or want to spend a huge amount on again,
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I dunno. Probably much more than the purchase cost. I'm not as attached to my fish as much as my cats, but their lives are now in my hands and I take that responsibility seriously.

Got all 7 of my cats for free, but have spent $$$$ over the years as long as they were treatable and had decent quality of life even during a terminal illness such as cancer or renal failure.

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For me it's about quality of life not life at all costs.

If I honestly believe I can save the fish and it will have a good quality of life I do not care about the med/time costs. If the fish really doesn't have a high probability of survival I do not care what the fish cost it's more humane to euthanize.

In the wild, life in the food chain is pretty hard for the sick or wounded.

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@ GeTo ~ that's a great story about your GF Betta.

@sick lid ~ I suppose it depends on the fish. If it were my $10 pleco - I'd do just about everything I possibly could and not worry about the expense. If it was one one ($2.50) Chili's probably half as much as I would on the pleco... I'm in love with that silly little pleco and adore my chili's but would go further for the pleco.

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Not usually a dilemma, I don't think about the cost until after the fact. If I think medication is the route to go, then I do. Sometimes it seems silly after the fact. I don't think the cost of a fish factors into it for me, but some fish (like my big old common plec) you just become more attached to. I've medicated dollar fish before, and just spent $48 to medicate one of my congo tetras. Not working. Going a different route of meds starting tomorrow. Stupid fish could cost me a hundred bucks, lol. That being said, I don't think I'd be so spendy on a neon.

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For me it's about quality of life not life at all costs.

If I honestly believe I can save the fish and it will have a good quality of life I do not care about the med/time costs. If the fish really doesn't have a high probability of survival I do not care what the fish cost it's more humane to euthanize.

I the wild life in the food chain is pretty hard & easy for the sick or wounded.
I'm gonna go with this. My fish is what matters and his/her quality of life. Most medicine isn't really that pricey for the investment, either. I guess I'm weird but I bond to my finny lil guys (And pleopod having pals).
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I will try to help them within reason. Now if it is a fish with personality maybe a little more.

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I would not put a $ amount on it; I would spend as much as needed. They are all living creatures and I try my best to recreate their natural habitat and take care of them.
^ Same here

I bought 4 panda cories ($2 each I think it was?) and 1 was sick with fin rot. I bought $20 worth of medication to treat it and saved it and couldn't be happier. She's made a full recovery since

I like giving my fish as much of a fighting chance as possible whenever I can. It's pretty rewarding to save one. Granted I'm pretty new to this hobby but I was very happy to have saved it and still recognize which one it is since her tail fin isn't as pointy or well defined as my others

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For my 30$ Congo puffer named Thor I would spend upwards of $50 to save him if needed. He is the coolest fish and I consider him a pet not just a fish
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For my 30$ Congo puffer named Thor I would spend upwards of $50 to save him if needed. He is the coolest fish and I consider him a pet not just a fish
Just became an $80 dollar fish!

You may buy medication for one fish, but if you stay in the hobby you'll probably use it a few times. That's why anything mildly expensive or something I have an attachment to gets what it needs, I'll use it again some day
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Yeah Most medications will be needed again at some point so the cost really isn't what you think it is.
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