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First Aid Kit

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Offline fcmf

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First aid kit
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:13:05 PM »
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Rather than finding I have an emergency on my hands some evening when the aquatic shops are closed, I'm thinking of setting up a first aid box with various treatments in it. Currently, from my goldfish keeping days, I have some aquarium salt (unsure how old it is - possibly 8yrs old), Swimbladder treatment (still 'in date' and unopened), Anti Internal Bacteria (opened; exp Sept 2012), Protozin (never opened; BBE Sept 2014); Myxazin (BBE Sept 2014).

Do you think this is probably fine for dealing with a potential emergency (with the exception of the Anti Internal Bacteria which perhaps I should dispose of), provided that I buy new treatments after the initial dosage?  Is there anything else which I ought to add to this?

Also, am I correct in thinking that cories can't tolerate aquarium salt but that tetras would be fine with it?

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Re: First aid kit
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2015, 06:31:21 PM »
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Aquarium salt is plain old salt, sodium chloride, the stuff in the salt shaker on your table; it's just in a fancy pack with a fancy name so they can charge more for it. Amazonian tetras don't like it either.

Medication should be discarded when it's been opened a year regardless of the use by date. Once it has been opened air gets inside and the oxygen in the air degrades the active ingredients.
The two unopened meds that are 6 months out of date had better go too. They might be OK, but I wouldn't risk it. You might be tempted to use them in another 6 months if the need arises.

A whitespot med is the main one to have on hand. The others are for diseases that could wait until the shop opens if you don't want to keep them in the cupboard and never need to use them.

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Re: First aid kit
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2015, 09:01:07 PM »
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May I also suggest a bottle of clove oil, some disposable gloves and an empty jam jar. Just in case you need to help a suffering fish on it's way.

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Re: First aid kit
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2015, 12:23:33 PM »
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Thanks, both - very helpful (as always).

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