Originally Posted by BANGAR
Okay so I bought tetra test strips an the results are as follows
The fish is pale and is breathing rapidly! Someone advised me to buy methylene blue and that the fish has an infection, but I can't find it in any stores! Should I get this for the fish or is their a different remedy?! Please help! Thanks!
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Hi, I'm sorry the test strips are generally unreliable. My experience is they are ok for ph, kh
and hardness and under read for nitrite and nitrate. While not testing for ammonia at all which is the one you really need. API master FW
test kit (liquid based) is the one to get.
So 0 nitrate doesn't make sense for an established tank as it is the end waste product in the FW
nitrifying cycle. How long has the tank been set-up? Done anything recently that might cause a mini-cycle (eg lengthy filter clean)?
MB is usually in general purpose medications. Here it is often combined with other meds. Link below in this. I've never noticed too much impact on plants.
I would see if the store can check ammonia, start with MB just in case (will help with ammonia poisoning and bacterial infections either way) and if ammonia is fine, go to furan 2 for a general bacterial treatment as you mentioned the others looked not so great as well?
Extra water changes just in case are always useful.
I wouldn't use salt, Pimafix or Melafix for treatment. Salt will stress the cories slightly and Pima/mela are hit and miss ime.