12-13-2009, 01:13 PM
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Before I recommend any medication, IMO medication should be used a last resort. The last you want to do is start throwing chemicals in your tank. Something to consider too is the need of a quarantine or hospital tank. These are important so you can treat just the sick or injured fish, and also so if it is contagious. Like you said, there are just so many out there for so many different symptoms. Your best bet is to read up on the different types of disease, and parasites so you can better identify what the cause of the problem is, and what you need to do to help the fish. And also to read up on each type of medication, because some precautions need to be addressed prior to using certain medications.
First and foremost, before using any medications, water changes are key. Keep the water nice and pristine and fish can recover on their own from a wide variety of ailments.
Back to what you originally wanted, I would highly recommend the brand API for medications. I have used them for years, and I am sure many memebers here would recommend them as well.