I don't use OTC medications or antibiotic, but if you opt for antibiotic look for something that covers both gram negative and gram positive.
I use aquarium salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 10 days with good success with treating fin issues.
You may want to start a new thread asking about the Mardels's Maracyn-I am sure someone could help you with its uses.
Hi, I've been reading through the forum and I've seen your name come up a few times as the person to go to about fish problems. My boyfriend posted a thread the other day about our fish kogi jumping out of the tank. Since being put back in the tank he's developed a nasty case of fin rot. We've been adding API stress coat, Aquasafe water conditioner, and aquarium salt and doing at 30-50% water change daily. It looked like it had stopped after the first day but now its back and the tips of his fins are red like they're going to fall off again. I was wondering what you would recommend we do. I'd like to try and start a medication asap seeing as he doesn't have much fin left as it is. I was considering buying Mardel's Maracyn but I hadn't heard anything about it, do you have any opinions?
It is not uncommon for either of them to end up with nipped fins, it all part of the spawning process, make sure you have enough cover for her and a way for her to get away from the male with either lots of live or silk plants and hiding places.
Hi Oldfishlady, I thought water quality is the key to successful breeding. Why do people here still have problems with breeding and only get a few survive to adult.
In 1981-1982 I randomly counted the fry of spawns which averaged 1000. So 200 is a bad result IMO. That's why I gave up caring for the fry and just accept what I get (my average is 200-300 if I care for them).
I don't want to post this publicly to avoid discouragement (?) and offend people. I hope you don't mind my messaging you like this.