you know, there are a great many chemical remedies for ailing fish on the
market these days. Pufferfish owners (and any fish owner,
for that matter) should be versed in the brand names
and active ingredients. Puffs are sensitive to some meds, therefore
it is important to know their characteristics. We're also sensitive
to some chemicals, which is another reason to get the proper data on them.
I'm partial to Mardel Laboratories' medications, as they have been among
the most successful for me. This doesn't mean that there aren't many
other effective medications as well. As with all of Puffernet, use
this page as a guideline, as you may develop your own preference. *(if
you don't see a medication here, email
Puffernet and I'll try to gather some info on it. If you would
like to contribute your pharmaceutical knowledge, don't hesitate!)
* Be sure of your
diagnosis. You don't want to administer improper meds, as
this may exacerbate the problem. * Confirm the
volume of your tank. If you aren't certain of the exact volume,
find out. Such uncertainty will throw off your dosage, and possible
hurt your puffer in the process. * Seek a non-chemical
cure. If you can avoid putting chemicals into your water,
do so. If you can catch some diseases early, you may not have to
medicate your puffers. Temperature, ph, and salinity may do the trick. * Ensure the
proper dosage. Follow the directions to the letter on the
packaging, but make modifications for your puffer with some meds. (e.g.
malachite green, methylene blue, and formalin need to be given in half
dosage) * Keep an eye
on your patient! Make sure your puff is responding to the
meds properly, especially in the case of those which are considered somewhat
toxic or irritating to scaleless fish. If this is not the case, remove
the puffer and/or dilute the meds with a 50% water change. Be careful,
however, sometimes puffers get a little worse before getting better.
Some meds take a while to start working.
Listed below are some of the more popular meds on the market today.
I have taken the liberty of quoting Mardel Labs' technical reference booklets
included in their packaging. Other meds may be sourced by their generic
name or active ingredient. If you have had success with a particular medication
and it's not listed here, email
Puffernet, preferably with complete info.