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Old 12-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #1 
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Question Stocking a Betta Emergency Kit

I am working on this project now. ( week 2 of my sorority project)

WHAT is Melafix, and what is it used for? I bought some, and there are sooo many mixed reviews online!

Also, I purchased BettaRevive. Same questions as above.

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:13 PM   #2 
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When I use Melafix I dilute it in water first and it seems to be working fine. My bettas are still ok. It depends on who you talk to. Most people say don't some say its fine. I admit I'm still not sure how I feel about it but I haven't experienced anything bad yet
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #3 
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Melafix is not an antibiotic, but an antimicrobial/antiseptic made of tea tree oil. Tea Tree oil can coat a betta's labyrinth organ (which is basically a lung) and cause suffocation. I do not recommend ever using Melafix for bettas, and not even when diluted. There are better antimicrobial and antibiotic medications available for all diseases and emergencies that do not carry the risks of Melafix.

An emergency kit for bettas should contain:
- Aquarium salt for external injuries and ailments
- Epsom salt for internal parasites and swim bladder problems
- Indian almond leaves (grade C or D) for antiseptic and tannic properties that boost Betta immune systems
- API stress coat for external body health
- Optionally, a gram-negative antibiotic like Maracyn II
- Optionally, a fungicide like Jungle Fungus Cure
- A 1 gallon container with heater to function as a hospital tank
- A hammock to hold a sick Betta close to the surface for easy breathing

Keeping serious meds like antibiotics on hand at all times is unnecessary if you have a pet store close by. You don't want to spend $ on meds that will expire before use. I personally haven't even needed to use aquarium salt in the past 9 months.

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #4 
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Melafix is mostly tea tree oil which has been known to coat the labyrinth lung organ of bettas and cause them to suffocate, so most people won't use it. This oil has natural antiseptic properties, but it's not a real antibiotic. It would be like putting neosporin on a cut to prevent infection. It's not going to help with anything serious - anything that very clean water and time and maybe a little aquarium salt wouldn't heal right up. Some people use to to prevent infection where fish have become injured.. that type of thing.

BettaRevive is a combination drug cocktail of many random drugs meant to treat many random things, with the intention of treating most anything. The drugs included are toxic and harsh and they're just kind of a "throw all" at it approach and hope something works. It's much better to actually diagnose the fish and get them a drug or treatment that will actually approach the given problem, not just throw a bunch of stuff at it and hope something works and nothing hurts.

It contains:

neomycin sulfate - antibiotic good for gram negative but not gram positive infections
methylene blue - mild parasite and maybe a little mild anti fungal
"proprietary polymer mixture, buffers, EDTA" - no idea not meds
malachite green - harsh and toxic external parasite treatment
cyanocobalamin - vitamin b12
electrolytes - probably salt but who knows

I would always have on hand:

* A hospital tank setup, meaning something around 1-2.5 gallons that could be kept warm by some means, either a proven and tested heater, floating in a larger tank you already have set up, or in my case I keep a fish room a constant set temp which will keep the fish inside the room around 78 degrees without using a heater.
* Aquarium Salt: http://www.petco.com/product/1697/AP...t=OnSiteSearch
* Epsom salt (pure 100% magnesium sulfate with no additives or dyes of any kind): http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-deta...t?skuId=215202
* Extra plastic solo type cups to help with medicating and water changes
* Kanaplex (or other Kanamyacin based product): http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=24795 -> because this can be hard to find and some diseases it can treat need very fast response times.

Other stuff that you may need would either be more readily available or at least not require instant response time. I also personally have the following on hand:

* Prime
* Stress Coat
* Metronidazole, Focus, and a crappy wheat based pellet good for soaking: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4264 and.. the site is down so I can't link :S Server overload.. hmm..
* Prazipro

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #5 
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Hehe looks like we're on the same page callistra!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:55 PM   #6 
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Once again, Thanks! :)
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Emergency thread.. may help.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:35 PM   #8 
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Thank you as well, Myates. I am totally new to forums, boards, etc. I mainly use the internet for reading... just getting used to communicating using something other than email. Happy New Year! :)
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BTW, that is one GORGEOUS fish as your avatar. Likely the most lovely I have seen. Perfect color and fins.
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