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#1 Eudie

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:20 PM

I'm reading several posts lately that refer to using Melafix. Although some fish owners swear by it, it has had bad effects on bettas and really shouldn't be used with them.

This is an article from Fish Geeks that gives you the basic idea of why not to use it.

http://www.aquaria.i...p...002&start=0

I know none of us want to do anything to harm our bettas and even if you have had good response in the past, there are far too many other good products on the market to take the chance of injurying your betta by using something that could be hazardous to them. At least, that's the way I feel. smile-222.gif

Aquarium Pharmacuticals denies that the product will harm bettas, but I have seen pictures of the melted fins on a fish shortly after being treated with Melafix. It was horrible. cry.gif

#2 Stacy

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:44 PM

Thank you Eudie for posting that link! I have tried to find it again after seeing it once, to no avail. Now I have it bookmarked!

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 12:51 PM

winkz1.gif Glad to be of service. smile1.gif

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 01:46 PM

I agree! And it is in no way, shape or form an antibiotic. Ever. It's an antiseptic at the most and works great for goldies and other larger fish. Using it on small fish and fish with long fins (i.e. betta) is not a good idea.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:58 PM

The only use I've ever had for the stuff is to prevent fungus on goldfish. It is definately NOT a medication, just (as Saucy said) a mild anti-septic. And it's no good for air-breathers.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for posting this, Eudie. This is definitely great information for betta keepers to have.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:40 PM

I've used that article many a time trying to convince people to drop the stuff. smile1.gif Good post, Eudie.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:08 PM

I've only used it like once, didn't do anything! Good link. smile1.gif

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 01:29 PM

I used it once...it actually ended up KILLING a little rescue girl of mine. That was before I knew it was a no-no for bettas; I've never touched the stuff again. Thanks for the article smile1.gif

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:20 PM

I pinned this... think it's too good of an asset not to.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:41 AM

Thanks Saucy! Now I won't have to hunt for it in my million bookmarks every time I need it! smile-222.gif

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 08:05 AM

I have always used melafix on my goldfish, and it has worked wonders. I've used it on one of my bettas once. It didn't seem to harm him. I didn't realize it could be harmful. I always suggest using melafix to treat finrot, red blotches etc. if nothing seems to be working, and water quality is good. I would feel bad if someone used it, and then their fish got worse all because I suggested it. I won't suggest using it anymore, just to be on the safe side.

Edited by Sarajute, 06 March 2008 - 08:05 AM.





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