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What medications should you have for a quarantine/hospital tank?

I am planning on setting up a 10 gallon quarantine/hospital tank, and I would like to know what medications or other supplies I should get. The only one I have right now is Melafix.


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I've heard good things about Seachem's paraguard, but seeing as my LFS is almost staunchly against it, and to use it as a last resort because it's a broad spectrum product, I've resorted to using it at half dose. It worked well to finish off an ick + secondary parasites of anchor worms that I got from a bad fish source. I also liked it because it's cost effective and I don't believe it expires. As you build your "first aid kit," you might be mindful of that and the possibility of the different medicines reacting to each other.
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I like to treat prophylactically, so I want the meds to be a broad-spectrum as possible. I used to use Jungle Parasite Guard and Fungus Guard together, but now I use fenbenazole and Paraguard since they are both safe for scaleless fish.

With new fish I feed the fenbenazole for three days, treat with Paraguard for 21 days, do another three days of fenbenazole, and if they haven't shown any signs of disease, put them into their permanent tank.

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Much depends on your fish type and outlook. I do not run a full time QT tank but just have it in the closet for cases when it might be needed. I normally don't buy pet shop fish so I get them from places where I can look over the fish and feel pretty sure they are healthy.
The problem with stocking meds in advance is that the med may expire before you need it. Some treat all fish before but I only treat when I see a need. But then that depends some on the type fish you are keeping. Some seem to be bred to die suddenly!!!
I do not keep that type fish and know that I can get the meds fresh and new before my fish reach a crisis level. But my first line of defense is keeping them healthy rather than trying to fight a fight that I often lose.
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I keep melafix, QuickCure , methaline blue and peroxide, some salt so far never needed much more then that so far knock on wood
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I keep Prazipro, Jungle Ich Guard 2, and tetracycline. I have never had any fish need anything other than one of those. Prazipro is the best medicine out there for internal parasites, worms, gill flukes, etc. harmless to the fish, and bio bacteria too. I have cured cories, loaches, and scissortail rasboras with it. All living healthy now.

Loaches especially should be treated immediately when you buy them, even if they look healthy at the time, because a lot of them die from skinny disease because no one knows what it is. They just think the loach has something else wrong with it. Then they make it worse by dosing other meds that have nothing to do with why the loaches are dying. I feel really bad for loaches I see in the pet stores who clearly have this parasite, and all they would have to do is treat them, but they don't. Really irks me.

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Buy the meds fresh when you need them.
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I've used paraguard before, it smells exactly like excel... seachem admits it has malachite green or blue in it.. hense the blue color and they say its a derrivitive of a aldehyde which excel is also.. So I personally think paraguard is excel with malachite added and the dosage increased.
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