Slowing down external bacterial infections

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Bacterial infections can happen fast and kill your fish within a 24-48 hour period, even if your water parameters are 0pp=ammonia=nitrite and nitrates less than 20ppm. If you find that your fish has a bacterial infection, such as swollen eye, reddening of wounds, red wounds that keep growing within a 24 hour period, and you cannot get the medication within 24 hours, then here's a few things you should do to keep the bacterial infection at bay until the medication arrives.

1. Add 1 tablespoon of salt (any salt will do, pickling salt is the cheapest) for every 5 gallons. Apply the maximum dosage over a 48 hour period. When freshwater fish are sick, they lose minerals and salt faster than they should. Losing salt and minerals increases their stress level. The salt helps to prevent them from losing their minerals and salt content in their body, in turn, reducing their stress.

2. Some gram negative bacteria work faster in temperatures above 75f. A lot of times "fungus" is really gram negative bacteria. As a precaution, let the aquarium temperature drop to 75F or below (no more than 1 degree an hour). There are a few exceptions like furunculosis, which don't look like fungus when it is attacking the fish. It shows up as round bite marks.

3. Prepare a bath using aquarium water (2 gallons should suffice), and put 2 teaspoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide for every gallon in the bath. Take a spoon and gently stir to mix the water and peroxide. Do not put an airstone because this will cause the hydrogen peroxide to dissipate faster (basically oxygen). Now place the fish in the bath for 30 minutes. Repeat the bath everyday until you get the right medication.

Source of dose for hydrogen peroxide:
5ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide per 2 L

Hydrogen peroxide use in aquaculture:
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Slowing down external bacterial infections

Making this one a Sticky , as I am sure it will come in handy plenty of times.

Thanks Rocksor !

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