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Medication Guidelines for Discus Fish

by | Feb 5, 2024 | 0 comments

Welcome back, guys. Today, we’re going to focus on specific medications, specifically antibiotics. I know I’ve done a couple of videos on different types of medications, and the one with the all-around exclusive everything was a little bit confusing for most of you. So, I want to make specific things about it. We’re going to talk about oxytetracycline, how to use it; we’re gonna talk about enrofloxacin and how to use it, we’re gonna talk about erythromycin and how to use it. All three are antibiotics, all three are used specifically for external problems. When I say external problems, I mean issues like fin rot or gashes in the body that start to appear, like round circle things. These will be eliminated by these antibiotics, and we need to use one gram for forty gallons.

Normally, when it’s fin rot or the fins are degrading, what I like to use is oxytetracycline. The oxytetracycline, like I said, 1 gram per 40 gallons. Once you mix it, dilute it, and put it in the tank, you leave it in for 3 days straight. Okay, on the 4th day, you do a 30% water change and repeat the process again for a second treatment. Don’t go beyond a second treatment because once you start heading into the third, you start wiping out your biological, and we don’t want to do that. We just want to take care of the problem with the anaerobic bacteria that’s attacking the fins and the side of the fish.

Now, enrofloxacin is basically the same thing. We use enrofloxacin on the altums. So when the altums get bacterial attacks on their skin, we try to use the enrofloxacin. It would be the same exact thing for the altums: 1 gram, 40 gallons, leave it in for 3 days, do a water change on the 4th day, 30%, let’s say, and repeat a second time.

Erythromycin is basically the same as the other two. The difference is erythromycin can also be used for blue-green algae, and a lot of people know about this, and it’s phenomenal because you put it in for 3 days, and all your blue-green algae will disappear because we all know that blue-green algae is actually a bacterial algae.

I’m hoping that these little tidbits make more sense than the other videos where I talk extremely fast, and you can corroborate everything that antibiotics do. I want you to use them properly because if you’ve got internal parasites, you know that it’s metronidazole, not oxytetracycline, erythromycin, or enrofloxacin. Okay, so that’s what we’re here for: to help everybody out and enjoy the hobby a little bit better. I’m Gabe Posada, and this is Jack Wattley Discus.”

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