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Old 12-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #1 
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Please help! TC Tetracycline dosage help!

It looks like my fish, Columbus, has fairly bad fin rot right now. He's been behaving normally, so I wasn't sure of how bad it was until today. He's been under a lot of stress lately (I am in college and I had to drive home/back to college for thanksgiving break-with him!). He had a different case of fin rot when I first got him (a year ago), and I ran a maracyn II treatment on him. It stopped spreading, but didn't improve, even after 2 treatments. But, he went back to being happy, and things never got worse, so I just kept his tank clean and continued on.

Anyway, the point is that he is in pretty bad shape right now. I am afraid there might be more wrong with him than fin rot (red patches). I have no idea how old he is, besides a year, because the pet store he was bought from is not a chain and I don't know their suppliers.

I have him in a little hospital tank. He is in about 3 cups of water. I just started a TC tetracycline treatment, and I was wondering about how much I should be using. The product says to use 1 packet (500 mg) per 10 gallons. How much product should I use for 3 cups? I put in about two small pinches, like, maybe, 1/30 of a packet, if that. Since I'm afraid the situation is serious, I wanted to know if I should use more, or something different, or do something else. I am going to keep performing a 100% change of water each day, too.

Please help. I love Columbus.
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Can you post a photo? Seeing the extent of the fin rot can help people determine what type of treatment he may need.

Do the red patches look like sores/wounds? Or do they run the length of his fins?

The best way to dose medications in small containers is to mix it in a larger container, then fill the small container.

You can mix one packet of medication into a 1 gallon jug of water. (Add conditioner!) Since he's in about 3 cups of water right now, add 2.5 ounces of this medicated water to the tank. This is about 5 tablespoons.

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