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Persistant
04-07-2014, 03:56 AM
I am curious to know what good/bad experiences people have had with the use of Melafix Marine in their mixed reef tanks (fish, LPS, SPS).

Persistant
04-08-2014, 04:04 AM
So I take it no one has ever used this product? Or am I not supposed to discuss this here?

Coasting
04-08-2014, 04:11 AM
Seriously ****es off inverts and corals when used. Never had it kill them.
Makes the skimmer go crazy.
Other then that no ill effects any times ive used melafix/pimafix in the tank.

Persistant
04-08-2014, 04:55 AM
Seriously ****es off inverts and corals when used. Never had it kill them.
Makes the skimmer go crazy.
Other then that no ill effects any times ive used melafix/pimafix in the tank.

Thanks for the info! I guess it may help qualify the question as I have observed since medicating my tank that my frogspawn isn't happy and every time I dose the tank it seems to effect the CU crew.

Myka
04-08-2014, 05:07 AM
I've tried using Melafix many years ago in a quarantine tank on a few occasions and didn't find that the pseudo-medication actually did anything to cure the disease. I don't think the recipe has changed since.

NIVLEM09
04-08-2014, 05:25 AM
I've used melafix/pimafix before and IMO,it's a total waste of money!

425nm
04-08-2014, 05:33 AM
I assume that tea tree oil can't pass through the gills because its definitely toxic if you swallow it that or its super dilute (it really irks me that aquarium product manufacturers feel that they don't have to put concentrations on their bottles >:l ).

The stuff might actually help lesions heal, hard to say if you're casually observing. I have cuts heal all the time without putting polysporin on them, would putting polysporin on them help? Very probably but I've certainly never "noticed" a difference.

albert_dao
04-08-2014, 08:21 AM
You'd be better off using real medications, IME.

Myka
04-08-2014, 01:15 PM
You'd be better off using real medications, IME.

+1!

Persistant
04-08-2014, 04:38 PM
You'd be better off using real medications, IME.

As a < 1 year reefer forgive my lack of knowledge but when you refer to "real" meds are we talking prescription or vet supplied meds? Are there consumer available treatments? My next post has more info and a video that hopefully will help what I was trying to treat. After trying to capture my clowns when moving from my 55 to the new 90 I felt capture would cause more damage more of my reef and stress the clowns over the edge. I understand the use of copper in a hospital tank has worked for some.

Persistant
04-08-2014, 04:44 PM
I moved my clown pair from my 55 gal to the 90 gal that was finally ready for fish. The capture was stressful for me as much as them but once they settled in to the new tank they immediately started hosting my big frog spawn. They looked fine and seemed to be eating fine when I noticed a lump developing mid way on the female. A couple more started develop and then I noticed the male started to show some white lumps. At first I thought it may be ich developing but as I have seen it before and lost a couple clowns to it. This issue was different at first and the lump erupted on the female. I suspect since their system was under attack ich finally did appear as I know it. On good advice it was recommend to start treating the tank as a whole with Melafix. After 3 days the ich symptoms have disappeared and other than some marks that look like are healing the fish seem fine now. Possible that the clowns have been too aggressive in their interaction with the frog spawn and suffered injuries?

http://youtu.be/mBbwe26mzMA

Let me know if the link doesn't work as it is my 1st try at loading a Youtube video.