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A: Focus is an antibacterial polymer for internal infections of fish. This is made to be used with other medications to help bind the medication to the food source.
Debride RX Medicated Koi Food is a triple antibiotic medicated food that fish will actually eat.
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MP: I’ve personally had the opportunity to utilize the Anti-Parasite formulation on 3 separate occasions. In talking with the creator of these foods, I learned that their dosage schedules were designed with utilizing the minimum effective dosage in mind. The goal of using a minimum effective dosage is simply to not over-medicate. On the initial packaging of the product I received last fall, the dosage rate called for feeding as much as a fish could eat in one minute, every other day, for 3 weeks, to treat or prevent parasitic infections. is a triple antibiotic medicated pond fish food that fish will actually eat.
Photo provided by FlickrDebride RX Medicated Koi Food is a triple antibiotic medicated food that fish will actually eat.
Photo provided by FlickrDebride RX Medicated Koi Food is a triple antibiotic medicated food that fish will actually eat.
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Why should I use Medicated food? This is not a perfect world, and your fish will get stressed! Therefore, fish professionals have developed a way to prevent bacterial infection when you know your fish will get stressed (moving, changing water, breeding, etc.). Medicated food (2.7 g/kg Terramycin) should be used before stressing your fish so they will have antibiotics in them before they need it. This is called prophylactic treatment. That should be an easy word to remember! A few years ago when Tetra stopped producing anti-parasitic fish food, the company explained that there was not enough demand for the product. But thankfully aquarium keepers have again started to look into this option for their sick fish and we now have several important options available to us hobbyists for when we have to treat our sick fish. This article outlines the available common medications, discusses the ingredients and attempts to narrow down which medicated drug may be better for our needs. What if my fish won't eat? A stressed fish loses its appetite first, so how are you going to get it to eat your medicated food? Injection is possible, but much more complicated and expensive. Most of you already know how hard it is to cure an infection with water treatments or baths. Injection is the last resort. As with all treatments, the earlier the better. And, with medicated food, you can even beat earlier! You are in good company. I have personally lost millions of fish in the last 15 years of commercial fish production. You can learn from my mistakes!The disadvantages of medicated food
In some cases if the fish gets ill it will not want to eat and medicated food will be useless. Sometimes it is hard to know how much food we need to feed in order to ensure that the 'patient' is getting enough medicationThe advantages of medicated food
Medicated food provides a greater chance that the active ingredients will be absorbed by the sick fish, something that is important if what we want to treat is internal rather than external. The other option available to most fishkeepers is often water borne medications. Water borne medications will have to be either absorbed through the gills or the skin of the fish (as fish do not exactly drink water). And for some of the medications we may want to use, it is unclear what the absorption rate of the medication is. A final option is injections and while injections are a superior method they may not be practical or possible for many hobbyists.Sick fish love Medi-Koi! Medi-Koi is a custom made sinking pellet which places the medicated food on the bottom of your pond where your sick koi and pond fish tend to stay. Formulated with three powerful antibiotics and special tested ingredients that stimulate your sick fish's appetite so they receive the life saving medications they need to bring your fish back to good health.