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Re: antibiotics -- Raise the Bar and Push the Lever
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: antibiotics -- Raise the Bar and Push the Lever
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 04:56:07 -0700 (PDT)
- In-reply-to: <200305021042.h42AgNbn015419@otter.actwin.com>
When Robert H mentioned $2 fish in a discussion about
chemical/medical treatment of sick fish, I said:
> you can get fish for only $2? I thought those days were
> gone for good.
> Sure! Plain guppies, platties...whatever!
I was serious about the $2/fish days being gone. Fish cost
more than $2 were I live. I will note that ocassionally,
the local CleverPet (not real store name) will have otos
for $1.99, but the conditions of the tanks in this
particular store, ironically enough for how this thread
started, tend to make me want to add some medical chems if
I add their fish to my tanks. So I avoid the chems and the
fish from their.
I can see some relatively costly fish being worth the cost
of a vet visit -- for one example, a nice discus, and you
can think of others. But I wonder if the trip to the vet
might be an additional stress at the worst time for the
sick fish: Vet: "well, what this fish has is called death.
But it might have survived a mild case of Ich if you had
just left in the tank and improved water conditions."
So, I doubt that requiring prescriptions would be helpful
to aquarists. But indiscriminate use of meds is hardly
helpful to aquarists and poses real problems for everyone
I wouldn't mind seeing much higher prices on retail size
packets of fish meds so that hobbyists might be more
discriminating with their use. Surely it would depress
sales. But I think this would just raise the bar on how
costly a fish must be before you decide to push the toilet
lever rather than buy meds. Attenuating the problem rather
than really attacking the issues. hmmmmmm . . . .
Perhaps the most wholesome thing that can be done is to
spread the word about how good water conditions promote
good fish health and resistance to disease.
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