It's safe to combine those two medications and actually, it's a mild combination compared to some other meds that used to be on the market. o.O But treating her with just the Maracyn Two and feeding General Cure works well too and any time a fish doesn't have to be in a lot of meds, the better. :)
Okay, I've got an 8 pack of Maracyn Two. I'm a little fuzzy on the package instructions for dosage. Here's word for word...
"First day, add the contents of 2 packets per 10 gallons of water. Second through fifth day, add 1 packet per 10 gallons of water. Repeat this 5 day treatment only once if needed."
So, it says add packets, but doesn't mention to do any water changes.
So.... what kind of water changes should I be making? Does Maracyn Two need to be built up in the water to work? Or will simply "adding" more medication each day overdose and kill my fish?
Those instructions are written for a 10gal where the medicine would be absorbed or would dissipate over time, so adding more medicine would be fine. We can adjust the dosage and instructions for her size tank.
Is she being treated in her 5gal? If so, the safest way to do this is to use the 5 cup method. Find something that will hold 5 cups of dechlorinated water and add 1 packet. Mix well. Now add 1/2 cup of medicated water per gallon of tank water, so pour in 2.5 cups of medicated water.
This is the bummer part. Maracyn Two becomes toxic if it just sits so you'll have to throw the unused portion. I know, it's a major waste. :(
Now you probably would be just fine if you added a new dosage every day like the instructions for a 10gal but if you want to be on the safe side, do a 20% water change every day before redosing. Do this for 5 days.
If at any time she starts to show distress, get her into clean, non-medicated water immediately.
Okay, thanks. I'll probably err on the safe side, since I have no filter to help the medicine dissipate, and do 20% changes daily. And yes, I'm treating her in the 5 gallon. Her tiny ISO tank is quite difficult to measure 10 gallon instructions down to.
Her dropsy is more apparent now than it was at noon. I can see raised scales down to her tail, where before it was localized to her abdomen. I sure hope I caught this early enough :(