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    Melafix -- good or bad?

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    Post by burgh on Mon 29 Jun 2009, 17:15

    Well I almost lost my Rhom today. Quick overview. Fish was transported two hours to me and about 2 hours home, I acclimated him and released him into his new home. I noticed a few minor cuts and a very slight cloudy look to one eye. I figured I would does the tank with Melafix and help it out, I followed directions on the bottle but only treated for a 90 and not a 120. Well he looked great yesterday and this morning before I decided to do some running around.
    I was gone almost 3 hours to come home to him floating with his belly almost straight up, so I grabbed a tote filled it with cool water and dumped some stress coat in and grabbed him out. After about 20 minutes of holding him upright and adding a air stone he started swimming on his own again, but still in the tote. Only thing I can think caused this would be the Melafix. Granted most swear by the stuff but I don't think I trust it anymore.
    I have had fish for longer than I can remember, I always check my water before I add a fish and hours after. This way I can to if there is any changes and I didn't have any other than a slight increase in ammonia which I usually get after large water changes. Slight increase shouldn't cause a fish to flip over and the only thing I did different was add the Melafix.

    So my thoughts are either the fish being moved which equals stress and the adding of the med would have caused this. Or my me adding the meds.. Not sure but either way I am sticking to what I normally do and just add salt.. This was only the second time I used the stuff and the first time I lost my six bar angel fish few years ago.

    So, if anyone has anything to add or any idea please let me know. I am going to keep him in the tote for a few while the tank settles down since I drained it and refilled it.

    Burgh,
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    Post by Metal Maniac on Wed 01 Jul 2009, 01:28

    Hmmm..that is odd

    I use TONES of melafix...all the time and i have never had issues..i have overdoesed with ver concentrated melafix and not a problem ever

    And,it is the only thing besides salt and declorinator i EVER put into my tanks

    Anyone else have anything on what happened too burghs tank???


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    Post by crabby-girl on Wed 01 Jul 2009, 01:40

    I like salt and warmer water. I use that method as much as I can. Mela-fix I've had some luck with. I will swear by Fish Zole. When my angels got sick I tried everything, Fish Zole 1 week..little water changes daily. I noticed one of my Silver Dollars gettin a cloudy eye, and been using Fish Zole almost clear now. I think it's from the move as well.
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    Post by cichlidlover27 on Wed 01 Jul 2009, 05:57

    I have never had a problem with melafix always had good luck with it personally. thats really odd how long have you had that bottle?


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    Post by Cam on Wed 01 Jul 2009, 13:00

    I have never had an issue with Melafix,..salt and slight temp increase go
    a long ways too. I wonder if oxygen deprivation wasn't part of the problem,..
    he may have had slight amonia burn before the transport,..(cloudy eye) a better
    way to remove the meds is to use carbon instead of a complete drain and refill
    ,..may have shocked your cycle,..might also be a good idea to keep him in the tote
    a week and check params daily until stable again. What are your params now? Temp etc?
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    Post by burgh on Wed 01 Jul 2009, 16:01

    Thanks Cam. I think it was more so stress and than the added meds. I kept him in the tote for 8 hours before I put him back in the tank and he is doing great. My first three reactions where get him out and keeping him right side up than without thinking drain the tank to remove meds.

    My water results where:

    ammonia -- 0.25
    freshwater Ph -- 7.4
    nitrates -- 0
    high Ph ---- 7.8
    nitrites -- 0

    Wonder if my Ph was way different than his. I will have to drop him a line and ask him what he runs his Ph at. All my tanks are about 7 - 7.2.

    His eye's are both clear now and very active and alert, he hasn't eaten yet but that will come in time.

    Thanks again,

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    Post by Cam on Thu 02 Jul 2009, 12:40

    Good to hear,..good job on the quick thinking,..saved his life:)
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    Post by Gspilo84 on Fri 03 Jul 2009, 06:12

    that is good to hear...Yeah I always raise the temp, a little salt, and melafix has always worked well for me...sounds like everything is ok now anyway, I am glad to hear! How big is ur guy?
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    Post by burgh on Mon 06 Jul 2009, 10:47

    Thank you everyone. Man when I walked in the basement and saw him floating my jaw dropped to the ground and my heart started racing. He is about 10.5" long.

    Thanks again.
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    Post by Metal Maniac on Thu 05 Nov 2009, 03:42

    Hows he doing???


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