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Fish Medicine Storage Question

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Offline barneyadi

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Fish Medicine Storage Question
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:15:42 PM »
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Hi

I am wondering if I should keep any fish medicines or is it best to wait until something happens?

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 06:12:44 AM »
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Good to have a couple of general items in stock perhaps, although also bear in mind that they all have a shelf life and that any medicine use is often harmful to the health of the other fish in the tank, or to the filter media. Solution to all this of course is a quarantine tank.

Others will be best placed to advise which general meds are worth considering.

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 07:17:42 AM »
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Oops - accessed the website off my phone, and consequently typed the response below into another thread in error (apologies about that):

I would definitely recommend that as always typical that something goes awry late in the evening or when not possible to get to a shop; time can be of the essence in some situations too ie need to treat ASAP.

Whitespot medication (eg eSHa Exit, Waterlife Protozin) plus an all-round bacterial/fungus/finrot treatment (eg eSHa 2000, Waterlife Myxazin) would be ideal. The advantages of the eSHa products is that they can be used together if required or with no time lapse between treatments and the course of treatment is short so you know relatively quickly if it's worked or not.

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 09:12:25 AM »
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I agree with fcmf. I would only keep a whitespot medication and a general one like eSHa 2000. They can deal with most conditions that are likely to crop up.
If the fish come down with something they can't deal with, the shop will be open in a few hours.

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 09:57:28 AM »
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Hear, hear @Sue, @Matt & @fcmf  :cheers:

I was in urgent need of, as yet unconfirmed, White Spot treatment recently.  The problem wasn't noticed until late at night.

@fcmf I think it was my thread you originally posted your reply on!  I've subsequently been looking round about eSHa treatments.  Seems to me that the distributors are all in South England and they also seem to be concentrating more on marine treatments.  Is it available in East Anglia?  Specifically the Cambridge area.  If so, where?

I got my Protozin because it was availably immediately and it was a "cure-all".  Ideal for my situation where I wasn't certain about what I was treating for.  The lot expires in 06/21 or, as is now my situation, 12 months after opening in 01/18.  So getting some in now would be a very good idea.  I would recommend you LFS though.  With supplies from online reailers you can't be sure of the shelf-life until it arrives.  Very often, stuff is cheaper online because it is about to go out of date.  Rather like the discount shelf in Tesco's or other fine grocers.  My Protozin was only 9.99 for 250ml.  For my 80L tank say,75L taking off decor and gravel and erring on the cautious side,  the dosage is 7.5ml for days 1, 2, 3 & 6 of a full treatment, ie 30ml in total. So I've got plenty left for later if, hopefully not, required.

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 10:13:23 AM »
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I buy meds locally where possible. There are stockists of eSHa products around, there's one in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. But they are few and far between. I have to go to Redcar to get Waterlife products. And a 40 mile round trip into County Durham to get my dechlorinator.

I recommend that when you go shopping for anything fish related, have a look at everything the shop sells and make a note of things of interest. That way you'll know where to go when you find you need a particular thing

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017, 12:00:23 PM »
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I got my eSHa products via the internet as there were none available locally.
I also purchased some general medication from the LFS.
I have had fish-related emergencies at inconvenient times, and would now rather have a couple of items that stayed in the cupboard and eventually expired unused, than not have anything available mid-panic.

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Re: Medicines
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 09:02:14 PM »
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@fcmf I think it was my thread you originally posted your reply on!  I've subsequently been looking round about eSHa treatments.  Seems to me that the distributors are all in South England and they also seem to be concentrating more on marine treatments.  Is it available in East Anglia?  Specifically the Cambridge area.  If so, where?[/quote]
Sorry - I'm having trouble using the computer at the moment and am having to type via my phone which is a bit cumbersome, hence the mistake in where I posted it.  :-[
One of the independent LFSs here sells eSHa and Seachem products - I don't think the aquatic chain LFS sells either, though. I'm based a lot further north than the south of England so I think it'll depend on whatever the independent LFSs choose to buy in.

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