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Old 07-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #1 
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Question correctly dosing medication

I'm treating my betta for fin rot. I have her in a 1 gallon quarantine tank and I was just wondering how to dose API Tetracycline? It says 10 gallon = 1 packet so 1 gallon = 0.1 packet. If I dissolved the whole packet in a 1 gallon container, how many mL could I put in her water?

I just wanted to get this information ahead of time - I'm currently doing conservative treatment with aquarium salt + stress coat.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #2 
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if i did my math right it should be 1 cups and 3/4 a cup .... i would get a 2nd opinion tho

1 gallon =16 cups
1 cup = 8oz
16 /10 = 1.6
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #3 
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Fin rot can usually be treated with aquarium salt successfully. Tetracycline as well as any other antibiotic is VERY stressful on fish, and in some cases can do more harm than good. I would not treat fin rot with tetracycline unless it was SEVERE (if just her outer fins are affected it is not severe). Dose 1 - 3 teaspoons of aquarium salt per gallon for no more than 10 days. You can start with 0.5 teaspoons per gallon and do a water change every other day, slowly increasing it to 2 or 3 teaspoons per gallon. This will almost always get rid of fin rot.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:45 PM   #4 
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I agree with Viva. Frequent water changes and aquarium salt are often enough to treat fin rot. It's very important to keep the water clean.

In answer to your question though: If you dissolve the medication in a 1 gallon container, you'd need 1/10 of the container. 1 gallon = 128 ounces. So you'd need to use 12.8 ounces of the medicated solution.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:08 AM   #5 
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I agree with what's been said above. Secondly, tetracycline is quite an old medication and therefor is not as close to as effective as it once was due to the rate of resistance formed against the medication.

Medications should not be used for everything, and should be considered last, after all other options have been looked at and assessed. They can cause more harm than good when used incorrectly

Maybe post some pictures and we can see if it is fin nipping or not?

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #6 
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