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Old 04-01-2010, 02:04 AM   #1 
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Stuff I should always have on hand?

Hey, so I was just curious what are some things I should always have ready for whatever the case might be with owning a betta? Like medications and such? Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:38 AM   #2 
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Aquarium Salt and Maracyn 1 and 2? That's all I can think of.

Most people usually treat fish problems with salt baths and more carefully monitored conditions. That seems to do the trick unless it's something more serious which is not the case more often than not. And I believe the Maracyn combo is pretty broad spectrum and should take care of most anything else.

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Old 04-01-2010, 02:56 AM   #3 
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also maybe some anti-parasite stuff for internal, cuz they can get some if you feed them the bloodworms and such. Test strips would be nice, if need be maybe water conditioner.

You probably asked for only sicknesses but these are all things I have on hand.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:02 AM   #4 
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Get the liquid test kits, strips prove themselves to be pretty misleading. Although a bit more expensive, liquid kits are really more accurate.
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Old 04-01-2010, 04:15 PM   #5 
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We recommend the API freshwater master test kit. It's kind of expensive but worth it.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:38 PM   #6 
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Being a naturalist, my number one natural medication is "water" fresh and clean to help prevent problems, however, they do happen even with the best care so I will use..... aquarium salt, epsom salt, fresh garlic, Indian almond leaves, native oak leaves for treatments of many different things that ail my fish and a few other things I do as well that I don't share.....
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #7 
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Being a naturalist, my number one natural medication is "water" fresh and clean to help prevent problems, however, they do happen even with the best care so I will use..... aquarium salt, epsom salt, fresh garlic, Indian almond leaves, native oak leaves for treatments of many different things that ail my fish and a few other things I do as well that I don't share.....

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Old 04-01-2010, 07:09 PM   #8 
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Oldfishlady, epsom salt? What does it treat? I might want to look into it. My betta has been acting a bit listless lately and I have some in my cabinet. A friend of mine had this stuff called Betta Revive and he let me have it. It supposedly helps prevent and treat many minor ailments, so I put a few drops of that in there and am waiting to see what it will do.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:03 PM   #9 
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Epsom salt 1tsp/gal I have found help with edema or swelling related to constipation and some injuries, it will help reduce the edema around the duct that often becomes clogged and infected when a fish becomes constipated or has a short/deformed swim bladder, it also works as a natural laxative and has properties for antibacterial/fungal issue as well, I never use it more than 10 days and I will use up to 3tsp/gal in some cases.

Aquarium salt or kosher salt 1tsp/gal up to 3 tsp/gal also has antibacterial/fungal as well as work for mold in the water, it also can be effective with some parasites as long as it is not over used or the parasite is not resistant from under dosage and long term use.

I do have some home treatment that I use that I do not share but only because they are not proven and I am still experimenting with them...once I establish their effectiveness I will share......I grow lots of different herbs and plants for human medications that I am experimenting with tropical fish to see what works etc......

I rarely if ever use the OTC medication because I have found natural treatments

Fresh garlic if fed 3 times per day for 6 week will rid a fish of internal parasites

Fresh clean water will prevent most problems in the first place with regular water changes
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:06 PM   #10 
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Is there a highly recommended brand of aquarium salt?
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