I don't recommend stocking up on the medicated items. Personally I would make a list & next time there's a 20% sale, then purchase them.
Medications are only necessary if you overfeed or neglect the fish too long, by not doing the proper water changes.
BTW, what do you other members recommend for heaters? Wattage recommendations would also be helpful.
People usually get a heater that has 3-5 watts for each gallon... I find it okay to use a bigger heater in a smaller tank, but you don't want to use a smaller heater in a bigger tank... I have two via aqua quarts glass heaters.. They're adjustable & have a thermostat. AMAZING price as well, $15-$17.
I have a 100 watt in my 10 gal and a spare 50 watt, which can be used in the 10 in case mine broke but currently I'm using it in my 2.5 gal QT tank...
I was going to ask you what kind of heater in the background with your new PS betta.
Never heard of ViaAqua brand before. To be honest, it looks sort of a copycat version of of the Visi-Therm.
The Visi-Therm has EACH heating element encased in a glass tube so it doesn't actually touch the glass. That's something extra to prevent the glass from cracking from sudden changes in water temperature.
But regardless compared to the store brands @ PTC & PS, you definitely got a good deal.
Your ViaAqua has a lot of good built in features as well.
Built in adjustable thermostat in Celsius & Fahrenheit.
Built in light that tells you it's ON.
It's completely submersible.
It's pretty stylish as well.
Black rubber top above the glass tube.
Nice color scheme, black/red.
Adjustment knob looks easy to grip
Overall a very NICE design.
BTW, if you only have a 10gallon & you live in FL, it should be hot there. So you should be able to get away with a 25W heater for the summer months.
I'm heating my 10 gallon tank in cycle right now to 90 degrees with a 25watt heater.
I have 10 tanks, 15 bettas, and a laundry room stocked with 'fish stuff', several shelves. And while I agree that most disease can be avoided with proper conditions and water changes, unfortunately all of mine are rescue bettas with horrible immune systems, rescued from horrific conditions. I seem to always be fighting something with them, and I believe in being prepared. Also I'm a human doctor and believe in first aid kits:)
Fortunately I have not lost many fish, only a few initially to an infected sorority, RIP, but not in many many months... Recently I am fighting columnaris, hopefully winning, crossing all fingers...
My fishy first aid kit includes:
AQ and epsom salts, the former I use much more than the latter
IAL, which I bought online
I am a fan of decaf tea bags... some like, some don't, but I like the natural tannins
I keep a couple of extra heaters- with 15 tanks, you can never have enough
Thermometers too. Sounds strange- but I had a thermometer break in the tank
Tons of Prime on hand.
As my tanks all have natural plants, I try to avoid a lot of meds, but in my experience:
Kanamycin (mostly only found online) is a must- I recently used it for the first time, it has (hopefully) saved one of my fishies...
I also keep, as others have recommended:
The maracyns...and maroxy- can be bought at petsmart
API drugs as well- erythro and tetra- different drug classes, both for bacteria- potent in humans- have had some success in fish. API fungus cure I have, though not had to deal with the fuzzies.
Furans- that's basiscally nitrofurantin (macrobid)- for bacteria, usually gram negs- I don't keep this as kanamycin should cover the same- but I'm interested in others experience.
For parasites, I keep aquarisol, but not had to use it-
The best ammunition is (other than pristine water quality) the correct diagnosis- people don't prescribe medications without knowing what organisim with which they are dealing, and it's the same for fish. Harder though, which is why a vet's job is harder than mine and I applaud them!