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First of all, I'm sorry if I haven't posted this in the right place, mods please feel free to move it if you think there would be a more appropriate place for it :)

I'm sure I saw a thread about this topic a good while ago, but I can't find it.

Anyway, I've decided it's probably best that I gather together the most important/useful medications available. I've been very lucky that so far my fish have never really been sick (other than flukes which Koko very kindly diagnosed and suggested treatment for :) ) but I'd rather be safe than sorry, especially if (god forbid) any of my fish ever got dropsy.

Does goldfish connection ship to the UK? If so, what would you suggest I get from there? What other treatments are useful?

Right now all I have is aquarium salt, kusuri wormer plus and fluke solve.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions :)

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I keep PraziPro, aquarium salt (I have been unable to find Morton's Canning and Pickling Salt at any local grocer) and Epsom salt, as well as some antibiotics (Maracyn/erythromycin, Kanaplex and metronidazole) in case a bacterial infection ever occurs. I also have Stress Coat and of course water conditioner (Prime). It is also a good idea to keep clove oil in case euthanasia is ever needed.

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I keep both salts (aquarium and epsom), as far as meds I have prazipro, metro tablets and powder(pure metro), metromeds, trisulfa, and kanaplex. My LFS is just down the road so I could grab almost any medication but it is nice to feel prepared (which has not always been the case in the past). Goldfish connection does not ship internationally, but you can always make your own medicated gelfood using a mix of trisulfa and metro.

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My cabinet has:

Aquarium salt (Morton's canning and pickling found at Target in the US)

Plain Epsom salt

Lots of Prime

Prazi Pro

Powdered prazi

Mms

Medigold

Metronidazole powder (seachem brand)

Kanaplex (searches brand)

Methylene blue

Clive oil

Stuff you hopefully won't ever need:

Bi-furan

Acriflavine

Jungle fungus guard

Tri sulfa

Things you should have ready:

Food scale if possible for weighing fish

Smaller measuring scale to weigh meds if possible

Microscope if possible

QT tank, I like a 10 gal with hood and lights or a 20 gal, or sterilite tub

QT heater

QT designated air stone or sponge filter

Extra air pump

Euth kit: air stone, air line, tupperware large enough to fit a fish, clove oil. I have the designated Ruth kit supplies because I find the clove oil is really hard to get out of stuff and I don't want to get it in my QT at all.

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My cabinet has:

Aquarium salt (Morton's canning and pickling found at Target in the US)

Plain Epsom salt

Lots of Prime

Prazi Pro

Powdered prazi

Mms

Medigold

Metronidazole powder (seachem brand)

Kanaplex (searches brand)

Methylene blue

Clive oil

Stuff you hopefully won't ever need:

Bi-furan

Acriflavine

Jungle fungus guard

Tri sulfa

Things you should have ready:

Food scale if possible for weighing fish

Smaller measuring scale to weigh meds if possible

Microscope if possible

QT tank, I like a 10 gal with hood and lights or a 20 gal, or sterilite tub

QT heater

QT designated air stone or sponge filter

Extra air pump

Euth kit: air stone, air line, tupperware large enough to fit a fish, clove oil. I have the designated Ruth kit supplies because I find the clove oil is really hard to get out of stuff and I don't want to get it in my QT at all.

Ooh, thank you - I will try Target for Morton's Canning and Pickling Salt! I would never have thought to go there and there is one a few blocks from my home. I hope we have some here because I've literally checked every grocery store in the area!

I also can't find any clove oil, which is odd considering the proliferation of natural foods stores in hippie Santa Cruz County. It seems they have every type of botanical oil BUT clove oil. I do believe it's good to have on hand just in case, even though having to put a fish down isn't something I like to think about.

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No problem :) I have one of the Target stores that carries food and it has the salt. It's only about $2 per box so whenever they have it I buy a bunch.

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My cabinet has:

Aquarium salt (Morton's canning and pickling found at Target in the US)

Plain Epsom salt

Lots of Prime

Prazi Pro

Powdered prazi

Mms

Medigold

Metronidazole powder (seachem brand)

Kanaplex (searches brand)

Methylene blue

Clive oil

Stuff you hopefully won't ever need:

Bi-furan

Acriflavine

Jungle fungus guard

Tri sulfa

Things you should have ready:

Food scale if possible for weighing fish

Smaller measuring scale to weigh meds if possible

Microscope if possible

QT tank, I like a 10 gal with hood and lights or a 20 gal, or sterilite tub

QT heater

QT designated air stone or sponge filter

Extra air pump

Euth kit: air stone, air line, tupperware large enough to fit a fish, clove oil. I have the designated Ruth kit supplies because I find the clove oil is really hard to get out of stuff and I don't want to get it in my QT at all.

Ooh, thank you - I will try Target for Morton's Canning and Pickling Salt! I would never have thought to go there and there is one a few blocks from my home. I hope we have some here because I've literally checked every grocery store in the area!

I also can't find any clove oil, which is odd considering the proliferation of natural foods stores in hippie Santa Cruz County. It seems they have every type of botanical oil BUT clove oil. I do believe it's good to have on hand just in case, even though having to put a fish down isn't something I like to think about.

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I got mine at a drug store. It is used as a pain reliever for toothache. The iodine was in the same section.

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I have recently dealt with a very sick fish of my own as well as a couple of rescues. I've had to use a few different meds. Here's what I've got:

Some of these meds are very hardcore and I only use them as a last resort and on the advice of an expert. (Bifuran and Methylene Blue)

Aquarium salt

Prime (also builds slime coat as well as detoxifying ammonia, nitrite and nitrate in low levels (for 24 hours). In case of emergency, you can dose up to 5x the regular dose.

Epsom salt

Iodine

Clove oil

Bifuran

Kanaplex

Neoplex

Metro+ (Seachem makes Metroplex, another option)

Methylene Blue (Fungus, hardcore, I've only used it on fry eggs, off the shelves in Canada as far as I know) It's cousin. "Malachite Green" is a good one to avoid. Very controversial.

Melafix (first signs of fin rot)

Pimafix (first signs of fungus)

Polyguard (parasitic, fungal and bacterial, covers the most prevalent illnesses. Mama likey:)

Prazipro (Praziquantel)

Always have peas lol

For me, the most important are aquarium/epsom salt, Prazipro, melafix, Kanaplex, Metrodinazole, Polyguard and Prime. The food from the Goldfish Connection is perfect to have on hand as a first line of defense, for sure. Having clove oil, just in case, is a good idea.

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Lis. you unfortunately are going to be hard pressed to find most of the meds listed by others since you are in the uk and it seems you folks across the pond do not readily have access to antibiotics. The wormer plus and fluke solve are both good ones (fluke solve being your equivalent to prazi and the wormer plus doing very much the same thing). Salt is also good to have handy along with Epsom salt.

Goldfish connection only ships in the us unfortunately. Metronidazole which is one of the primary antibiotics in metro meds can only be obtained through a vet or doctor in the uk I believe. If you have a good relationship with a vet already you may want to check in and see if prescribing these for a fish is something they'd be willing to do if you ever needed it.

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I believe others might have had success ordering seachem metro powder on eBay to the uk as well? Not sure if I'm remembering that correctly or not but it's worth a look. The metro, kanaplex (kanamycin) and some sort of broad spectrum like triple sulfa would all be good things to have...it's getting your hands on them that's the trick.

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First of all, I'm sorry if I haven't posted this in the right place, mods please feel free to move it if you think there would be a more appropriate place for it :)

I'm sure I saw a thread about this topic a good while ago, but I can't find it.

Anyway, I've decided it's probably best that I gather together the most important/useful medications available. I've been very lucky that so far my fish have never really been sick (other than flukes which Koko very kindly diagnosed and suggested treatment for :) ) but I'd rather be safe than sorry, especially if (god forbid) any of my fish ever got dropsy.

Does goldfish connection ship to the UK? If so, what would you suggest I get from there? What other treatments are useful?

Right now all I have is aquarium salt, kusuri wormer plus and fluke solve.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions :)

Lis, write to Kat M., Becs, or Charlie, and tell them that I told you to talk to them about this, and to include you next time :P

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A python or bucket for water changes.

Salt.

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A python or bucket for water changes.

Salt.

Me too :)

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