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Plants versus medication
<< I've given up on medicating my tank for a fish disease that I/stores
haven't been able to remedy. I'd like to remove the remaining fish and
treat the tank with something very aggressive. Has anyone experienced
using something that would really do the trick, whatever the disease is,
but won't jeopardize my plants too badly. I don't want to pull up all my
plants if at all possible, but then again, I don't want them to die either.
Is this possible???
I've recently started using a botanical remedy from A.P. called Melafix. They
claim it works on bacterial and fungal diseases. I can't claim much success
with it until now. Some time ago, I inadvertently brought in a sick gourami.
He never ate, and expired a few days after putting in the tank. I tried
another blue gourami, who was apparently healthy, but after being in the tank
for a few days, became sick, stopped eating, and died a few days later. Now,
one of my older gouramis developed what appears to be the same type of thing
(but who ever knows?). I started treating with the melafix, and while I would
have pegged him for dead, and even considered euthanizing him, he's starting
to eat. The problem is, I always wonder whether they don't have something
analagous to a human flu. It's not terminal, but forced to fend for ourselves
and fight the masses for food, we couldn't survive, so I hesitate at
euthanizing. This medication has no effect on the plants in the tank.
I also used maracyn in a tank for a disease that was killing off neon and
cardinal tetras, and I couldn't add to the very small group in there, as they
would die. It seemed to end the plague and I've successfully added, without
deaths. That disease did not affect any other types of fish in the tank. That
tank is also planted, and the medication did not affect the plants.
Some diseases are species-specific so it wouldn't necessarily require taking
all the fish out of the tank. There are many things to take into
consideration when medicating, or deciding to evacuate.