Stress Coat for Freshwater Angels?
I just got some"dime size" freshwater angelfish yesterday noon... A couple of them have splits in their main dorsal fin. We are in low light right now and I don't want to light them up, but I think the split was about one third fin lenggh. I am thinking about stress coat for repair, and possibly to soothe? Don't know if meds like this is ok before it is emergency. Thanks, Jim:roll:
Stress coat isn't a medicine, technically, and you should be okay to use it if you think it will help them. In the past, I've used Melafix to help fish with torn fins heal quickly - and to prevent any fungus from taking hold. Honestly, clean water and a stress-free environment will be the best thing for them at this point, they should heal right up! It's amazing how quickly a torn fin can heal under good conditions! Good luck!
All product's like stresscoat ever did for me, was clog up filter material prematurely.
Melafix would be a better option, stresscoat is not going to help much compared to Melafix which is bascially tea tree extract and good for healing wounds.
Would need to hold the fish out of water for minute or two and apply these product's to the wound,or scrape for them to be of any real use in my view/expierience.
Product's claim to use oils and oil does not adhere to anything in water very well or very long.
Certainly would give the fishes time to heal with clean water,maint,before I began dumping snake oils in the tank. IMHO
Heeheee, as you can see, everyone has their own way. The one thing that CAN NOT be debated is that clean water is the best thing you can do for the health of any of your finned ones. :)
The question was CAN you use Stresscoat. The answer STILL is yes. It will not harm your fish, it might or might not help them, either, but if it makes you feel better to try it - no harm will come of it. I've personally never had a problem with any of the above mentioned things clogging my filter, but I have a HOB, and usually take the clean water tactic first.
Melafix is actually a natural remedy made from oils of the Melaleuca tree (Pimafix uses Teatree). As far as HUMANS, I use these oils in home-remedies all of the time and can attest that they're wonderful. I'm not so sure how much good they do in fish, lol, but I always feel far more comfortable using these treatments because I understand the ingredients - as opposed to anything else.
As I said, I've used Melaleuca in the water to treat fins before - as a preventative and to help speed healing. I'm not sure if it had any effect, or if it was the clean water and stress-free environment that did it, but his fin was nipped to the nub, and healed back in record time - lol, I didn't scoop the fish out and dump it on him, can't recommend that tactic!!! ;)
It also can't hurt to keep the lighting low - fish don't need the tank lighting, and it can add to their stress, so keeping things dim might help them settle in and heal up more quickly.
I just want to thank you guys for your advice that it would probably be best to just keep water clean and hold off on melafix and stresscoat. In less than a week I don't know which ones used to have splits. Thank you:-D
Glad to hear it, and good work on your part! Behold the powers of properly cared-for fish!
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