Please don't over medicate your fish
Posted 16 June 2008 - 09:04 AM
Too frequently, we see posts about a fish thatís ill, thereís no response for a few hours (which happens sometimes, unfortunately, different time zones and busy real life schedules mean that not every post gets a prompt answer), and by the time it is answered, the fish is being treated with Medication A, Medication B, and a dose of Medication C thrown in for good measure. Suddenly the fish is exhibiting new symptoms, and at that point itís impossible to distinguish the signs of a disease from the signs of being in water thatís been turned into a near-toxic stew of medications.
We understand the desperate longing to help your fish, honestly we do, but many of the drugs we use to treat them are rough on the fish, and shouldnít be used unless absolutely necessary. Even the more gentle treatments, when combined with other meds, can stress a fish out and make them act sick, which often frustrates the already upset owner and makes it harder to properly diagnose the problem.
There are instances when combining medications is the proper course of treatment, and there are those really baffling cases when one of the members with advanced knowledge of fish illnesses will recommend treating with more than one thing (such as using two antibiotics to cover both gram positive and gram negative), but thatís only after weighing the potential benefits against the possible risks to the fish. Just as in humans, medications arenít something to be dispensed lightly and without thoughts of the consequences.
Many of the fish that are over medicated really only need clean water, rest, and time to recover. Not every case of mild fin rot needs aggressive antibiotic treatment, and not every fish that acts ďoffĒ for an afternoon needs treated for anything at all. Medicating indiscriminately is not only not helpful to your beloved fish, it has the potential to do harm to them.
Please donít resort to dosing your fish with everything that you have on hand out of frustration, and please donít treat them without being sure that thereís actually something wrong. We all want to see your fish healthy and happy, and thatís easier to accomplish if medications are used properly.
Posted 22 June 2008 - 02:59 PM
Edited by EmilyHXC, 22 June 2008 - 03:00 PM.
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