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post #1 of 14 Old 03-14-2008, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Sore/ulcer on Dwarf Gourami

I think our Dwarf Gourami managed to cut himself on the single rock in the tank, and the cut on his nose has slowly worsened. We transferred him to a hospital tank about 3 weeks ago. The first week, I treated him with erythromycin and minocycline.

He showed some improvement but then his sore seemed to get worse. The last two weeks, I've been treating him with melaleuca (Melafix). He seemed somewhat better the first week, but lately has been looking worse.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-14-2008, 02:01 AM
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That is a bacterial infection. Sit tight, I'll need to find an appropriate med that is safe. Gouramis are sensitive to a lot of the common meds for that sort of thing. I'll be back when I find you a treatment that is safe and will work.
Mean time, run some carbon in that filter and pull out any meds left in there. A 25% water change also. When I find something for you, it's not going to be able to mix with the melafix safely.

What is the temp in that tank?

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-14-2008, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Well I've been doing 90% water changes every day or every other day, because this hospital tank isn't cycled.

Temp is about 80.5 deg F.
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I only have a sec, am on my way out for the night. The meds you need are Binox and Kanamycin. Use both medications at the same time and dose according to the directions on each of them. There used to be 1 medication that was effective on Gouramis, but they don't make it anymore. I had to find the equivelant in something available... and that's the best I could find. The only difference will be that there will be some salt with the Binox, but that is ok, and should help if it does anything.
Let me know if you need more help, I'll check in tomorrow.

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-14-2008, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I truly appreciate it.

I'll have to check some local fish stores for those, as I don't recall seeing those particular meds at the local chain stores (such as Petsmart).
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Thanks! I truly appreciate it.

I'll have to check some local fish stores for those, as I don't recall seeing those particular meds at the local chain stores (such as Petsmart).
Try online shopping or post ads on forums if your local stores do not carry them.

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post #8 of 14 Old 03-14-2008, 11:48 PM
If you are like me and don't like using meds, and would rather use natural herbal formulas, try using PimaFix and Mela Fix in combination. As with any meds, remove any carbon filtration prior and during dosing.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-15-2008, 12:32 AM
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PimaFix and Melafix, even if used together aren't going to be strong enough to handle this problem. Both of those medications will treat a fungal problem, but not the bacterial. This is probably why it appeared to get a bit better then took a turn for the worse using the Melafix. The Melafix probably took a hold of the fungal problem, but without curing the bacterial, the fungus will just come back again. The Binox/Kanamycin combination should kick both together.

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post #10 of 14 Old 03-15-2008, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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We found Kanamycin but were unable to find Binox locally.

I started him on the Kanamycin, as his sore is looking really deep now. I'll order the Binox online and hope it gets here in time.
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