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    We're quarantining some rainbowfish and clown loaches before adding them to our discus tank and we're wondering if it's ok to use some sort of medication to make sure they don't introduce new parasites/diseases to the discus.

    If so, is there anything that would be safe for loaches that would take care of most common diseases?

    They haven't shown any signs of disease yet, we just want to be sure they are free of disease before putting them in with the expensive discus :)

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    I would not medicate unless there is a reason. Leave them in QT for a month and you can be pretty sure they are healthy and ready to go into your main tank.

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    Use the quarantine time as an observation period. DO NOT medicate if they're not sick. You can not properly treat something you haven't diagnosed.

    You don't take medicine when you're not sick, do you?

    Just watch them for a few weeks, and if they don't show signs of ich or parisites, go ahead and transfer them.
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    The only other aquarist I know personally (that is to say outside of AC) regularly puts Melafix in his QT when he gets new fish. However, those who have already posted seem to have the best idea. Not dosing if they aren't sick makes sense. In fact, preemptive dosing helps cause medication resistance microbes so, really you're doing everyone a favor but, not medicating unless you really have to.
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    I agree with rich and aspects. It is never a good idea to medicate 'just because' or 'just incase'. Just keep an eye on them. If it turns out you need to medicate then do it.
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    Adding chemical medications when they are not needed can severely harm the internal organs of the fish (much like toxins and chemicals effect our kidneys and such). They also reduce the ammount of dissolved oxygen in tank. In the end its just not a good idea. I would suggest passing the info in to your other friend.

    Also, keep in mind that both the fish you are putting in quarantine have seperate needs when it comes to medication. CL are considered a "scaleless" fish. (though they do actually have tiny soft scales). All "scaleless" fish should only receive a half dose of any given treatment, as their bodies are much more sensitive. So adding a full dose of any given treatment (be it salt/heat or chemical meds) for the rainbows, could be fatal for the CL..
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    Agree with the others about not medicating unless the fish are actually sick. Overmedicating just produces antibiotic resistance and is a huge issue, not just with fish but most certainly with people. No need to use a drug if there is no infective bug.
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    Ok, thanks to everyone for their input. I will definitely not medicate unless I see some symptoms. It was just an idea to get them in their tank sooner because it's hard to wait a month before putting them in their tank!! But it's best for the fish, we don't want to cause any undue stress.
    Last edited by fishduded82; 01-07-2010 at 03:32 AM.
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