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Which medications do you reach for first when your discus are sick?

Discussion in 'Disease and Illness' started by Steve Lancashire, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Steve Lancashire

    Steve Lancashire Active Member

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    Hi all,

    As I have been keeping both domestic tank bred discus and wild discus fish for over thirty years I have probably gone throught the complete range of medicines available from a fair few countries to be honest, including all those previously mentioned in the above thread posts. I have always favoured the treatments from Germany they just seem to be one step ahead of the game. A recent visit to Germany alerted me to a new set of products from Manaus Aquarium in Germany. After making several enquireis as to where I could get it from I found that there is a UK supplier. His name is Mark Neill from IP Discus in Aberdeen, Scotland. After reading the reviews on these products I decided to go for the complete set including another product called Discus Protect Instant Quanrantine. The products have a five year shelf life, and some of them have a one dose treatment to rid flukes and gut intestinal parasites permanently.

    I have tried two of the products, Bilocil and Octocil and the effects are almost instant. If you have discus that are not eating, have white poo, getting thinner, flicking darting or scratching, gills pumping like mad these products will fix it very quickly. I know a lot of people are not keen on dosing medications, and like me advocate regular water changes, good food and fish husbandry. But as people have said in this thread its no good panciking when your fish do get sick and your LFS has not got what you need or it is going to take three days for it to arrive in the post. Having these medicines in the cabinet takes all the stress and worry out of the situation, because you know whatever ailments your discus or other fish (not just discus) go down with you have something at hand to sort it.

    How many people have got a cupboard or a box at home with first aid kits in that contains plasters, bandages, anti septic ointments, TCP, pain killers, cold remedies, etc etc? Well if its good enough for us to have a medicine cabinet, why not our fish. Be advised the medications are not as cheap as the conventional stuff you would normally buy from your LFS, but the quality and value for money is uncomparable.

    Here is a photograph of the stuff I bought. After using these I will be having a clear out of the old stuff in my medicine cabinet.
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    Any questions please feel free to ask.

    Cheers, Steve
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    JOHN .A BIDKA Mentor & Show Shareholder

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    Good products.
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    I was never a great medicine user myself but as said if needed and the shops are shut
    Good idea Steve
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    Since my fishroom not seen any new discus for last 4 years I completely forgot about the problems with fish.

    For most hobbyist off the shelf medicines might be ok but 90% of people doesn't even know what is wrong with the fish (no proper examination) and apply random medicines recommended of facebook, forums or by a shop owner.


    If I have to use something I would really go for vet stuff like pure metronidazole or levamisole for example rather than off the shelf medicines.
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    I agree Artur, by the time you have finished messing about with two or three off the shelf products from the LFS you could have had the problem sorted by getting the proper stuff to treat them properly!
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    Is that a question or are you agreeing that they are good products?

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