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Old 09-29-2003, 09:39 PM   #11
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You could try melafix, it isn't supposed to effect the biofilter, it is supposed to be reef safe, and is is a mild natural antibiotic.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:10 PM   #12
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Is there anyone out there that has succesfully used this in a tank with live rock and have it not hurt anything?
From what I've looked up about it so far it seems good but I would like to hear someone say that they actually used it instead of companies that are trying to sell it saying its good.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:22 PM   #13
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I have read of plenty of personal experiences in FW and SW, I have used it in SW (although never a reef) with no effect on the biological filter, and I have read of personal experiences with it in reefs with no ill effects.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:28 PM   #14
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I think I will pick some melafix at the store tomorrow then and give it a try.
Do you know anythign about epsom salt, no one can seen to agree on it. Some people say its totally reef saft go ahead and add it and other people say no way don't add it to your tank.
Anyone have any opinions on epsom salt and whether it is safe with live rock?
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:38 PM   #15
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It's safe, but basically your adding Mag. Mag is not used up all that much in your system and is rarely needed to supplament, most don't even test for it unless they are having CA and ALK balance problems. If you decide to use it...make sure you test for it.

http://ozreef.org/diy/magnesium_additive.html
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:08 PM   #16
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thanks so much for your help!!
I am going to go get some melafix tomorrow and try it and pray that my little baby will be alright.
If anyone thinks that I should not use melafix please let me know.
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Old 09-30-2003, 12:03 AM   #17
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I personnaly have used malafix in my tank and it did nothing to my inverts or anemones and I have 3 so.... But it did not help my Clarkii clown either ... I guess it was too late ! One piece of advice though, if you have a skimmer turn it off for a week since you my mhave a bubble bath in the room !
It did not affet Mag or Alk
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Old 09-30-2003, 12:15 PM   #18
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I am taking a quick break between classes today but tonight when I get home I will be taking some kind of action to help the fish.
My options are a freshwater dip, a medicine dip, add melafix to tank, add epsom salts to tank, move to quarentine and medicate with maracin. Any others?
I just want anyone to throw their two cents in on which I should do. If you can PLEASE respond by tonight because I will go out immediately after I check this tonight after classes and go get some kind of medicine and treat him when I get home.
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Old 09-30-2003, 05:58 PM   #19
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just to be sure, those are your options, but I wouldn't do all of them at the same time. At this point I believe the most stress your fish is under is do to the fact that it is severly ill. Here are my $.02:

Use water FROM your main display tank to fill a QT tank and get it started. (check out our article on setting up a Quarantine) Put some fake plants in there if you want to offer some comfort (just remember to only use these plants in the QT tank and always rinse thuroughly and let them sit out dry between uses of the QT tank)

give the fish a FW dip on it's way to the QT tank and treat the QT tank with maracin. IMO, i don't know as though the epsom salts will really do you any good.

Offer some food thats been enriched as described by the others but be sure to remove anything he doesn't eat after 4 or 5 minutes. The last thing you want to do is raise the ammonia in the QT tank.
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Old 09-30-2003, 07:27 PM   #20
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I will second Reefrunner's and Michel's suggestions about Melafix. I am currently using it in my reef tank which houses LR, inverts, and fish. So far no ill effects at all. Everyone seems to be doing great. In fact, my Coral Beauty's tail is healing up quite nicely and I am only on day two of treatment (his frayed tail was the reason I started treatment).

As Michel says, TURN OFF THE PROTEIN SKIMMER when using Melafix. You will have a monster of a bubble bath within minutes of adding it if you don't. I didn't know this before hand and all of a sudden found a "foam party" in the sump. (They should really put this in the directions).

On thing to consider. Will the FW dip do any good for bacterial infections? I though those dips were only for parasitic problems. I could be totally wrong, however...
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