Just a note to start
: My Betta is NOT sick. I am asking about this medication in general. I was not sure of the forum, but chose this one since it is about illnesses and treatment.
I used to be able to find the Methylene Blue everyone mentions at Wal-mart. But it seems in the past few years stores stopped selling it, I can't find a single store that carries it. One of the pet stores thought I was confused, they didn't know about it...
Malachite Green (and Formalin) seem to now be the Ich treatment the stores carry and/or recommend.
Online research says you have to be *very* careful not to overdose the Malachite Green. It will kill plants and invertebrates too. Still, it is apparently effective against Ich, parasites, and fungus. One site says it may help fight columnaris, though I hope to goodness my fish would never get such a serious bacterial infection.
Has anyone here used Malachite Green? Would you or would you not recommend it? Why or why not?
My online research does tout Methylene Blue as very safe, but it also says it isn't very effective. Not sure if this is true, but it has me wondering why stores no longer carry it for aquarium use.
I mentioned Formalin. This is because the Malachite Green one store carries has Formalin in it too. This is supposedly another ingredient effective against parasites and Ick/Ich.
Anyway, just wondering about these medications and if anyone here could tell me their experience with them.
Again - my Betta is NOT sick. I am doing research so that I can have something on hand so I can be ready should he ever get ill.