Originally Posted by apinkmanatee
Is there a list of things I should have on hand, like an emergency first aid kit, that treat the common illnesses that my fish could possibly get? I would like to be prepared, instead of making a frantic run to the lfs
should something happen. Anything you have found to be helpful to have on hand?
The best way to keep your tank and fish illness-free is to change half the water in the tank every week or so. If you do this, there will be no time for pollutants like ammonia and nitrites to build up in the water.
I recommend adding a teaspoon of standard aquarium salt to every five gallons of your replacement water. Aquarium salt has been used for decades as a general health tonic for aquarium fish.
A natural health stimulant for aquarium fish is minced garlic. Feed a little two to three times a month as a treat.
Never use chemical medications. They'll stress your fish and can kill beneficial bacteria and can damage aquatic plants.
Be a good tank manager and you won't need a first aid kit.