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    So, I am hopefully very close to cycling my first aquarium, and adding fish shortly thereafter. I have been reading a lot about quarantine tanks, and it's time to start shopping for preventive medications for quarantine, so I have a question.

    I read the quarantine article in the stickies, which recommends combining Prazipro and Metro as preventive treatments. If I understand these medications correctly, together they should treat any external and internal parasites that may have arrived with the new fish, including Ich. My question is whether preventive treatments of fungi or bacteria are also needed and, if so, which medications are best for this. In my case I plan to have no shrimp or snails in my tank (I know some medications are not compatible with snails or shrimp).

    If preventive treatments for bacteria and fungi are NOT used, why not?

    Finally, in addition to Metro and Prazipro, what other basic medications should I have on hand for emergencies?

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    Good question...I know Paragaurd is another med that is mentioned alot
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    If there is nothing obviously wrong, and there shouldn't be with new fish, there is no reason to medicate. The exception is, it is a good idea to "deworm" wild caught fish with the two medications you listed, or at least with PraziPro.

    With that said, it is a good idea to have antibacterial, antifungal, and ich medications on hand just in case they are needed later.

    Using medication as preventative can needlessly stress fish and is more likely to be a waste of medicine and money than helpful to the fish.
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    I agree with the above. Prazipro and Metro would be good. Everything else I'd keep on hand just in case. Things like Ich and fungal infections are easy to spot and can be treated very easily if caught in a timely manner.
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    And what are good antifungal, antibacterial, anti ich meds? There seem to be many of each, and they are all different! Hard to tell what the differences are. What us a good broad spectrum antibacterial and a good antifungal to keep just in case? What do people here generally use?

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    I have API Fungal cure. Good stuff. quICK cure is good one for Ich. Paraguard is a good one for bacterial and fungal.
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    Got it -- thanks! I will get them while my tank is cycling.

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    In regards to bacterial medications, the thing to note is that bacteria come in two strains, gram negative and gram positive. (The long and short of this is that differing bacteria have differing outer layers) Look for medications that treat both (generally this means two meds, one for each kind).

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    For farmed fish I'm not too sure about throwing too many chemicals at them. Especially the asian fish farms already use so much that anything those fish carry will be resistent.

    Also, if you stock at once and use the same store for the initial stock there's a good chance that if one fish has something the others are contaminated.

    Having said that, deworming wild caught fish is highly recommended. Trick is finding out if they are wild or not. I'd also advice any newbie to have at the very least a proper ich medication at hand and for US based fishkeepers an anti-fungal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    I'd also advice any newbie to have at the very least a proper ich medication at hand and for US based fishkeepers an anti-fungal.
    I'm definitely in that "newbie" category. Any specific medications you might recommend for ich or antifungal?

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