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Making Sense of Fish Medications

This guide will help you make good decisions when it comes to treating fish parasites and diseases.

By Jonathan E. Freedman, Ph.D. |

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Aquarium Fish InternationalWalk into any fish store, and the shelves displaying aquarium medications can be an intimidating sight. So many products are available with lists of unfamiliar ingredients. Yet it is important to select the right product for your ailing pet. Using the wrong medication can actually do more harm than not medicating at all. However, after examining the medicines currently sold for aquarium use, you can learn to better recognize the right one for your needs.

Before I get to the specific ingredients, there are some important points that apply to all fish medications. First and foremost, always treat these powerful chemicals with the respect they deserve. Read the entire label carefully and use exactly the dosage of medicine recommended for the amount of time indicated — no more, no less. It is better not to medicate at all than to use the wrong products indiscriminately.

Take care to not expose yourself to the medication because it may be toxic to humans, or it can cause a severe allergic reaction — and never attempt to treat a human disease with a product formulated for fish. Check the label to see whether the product is safe for any invertebrates, plants or scaleless fish you may have.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the April 2012 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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