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Medicated Foods
Keywords: Koi, Goldfish & Pond Health Medicated food antibiotics milled in antimicrobial food for Aeromonas Ulcer finrot and mouthrot in Koi

2017: We got a problem, Houston. Medicated food is just about impossible to get. I will hopefully be able to publsh a source on Koivet or similar and be sure to subscribe to the list so if I can find it, I can let you know. But for the foreseeable future, antibiotic enriched foods are regulated out of the public domain. Only available by prescription from a veterinarian. If you are in dire need, on the chance I can help, please send a fax to 770 973 0301

Medicated food is indicated when the fish are too small for injection, or they are too numerous for injection. In some cases, the fish are also receiving injections, and an additional source of anti-microbial activity is desired. These are some reasons medicated foods are chosen.

Not to mention that giving medicated foods is simple as can be. Many people prefer medicated foods because they find it effective and simple. The only problem has been that the sickest fish will not usually eat, so we see that medicated foods are helpful only in fish which can be tempted to try it.

Medicated foods made with top dressing technology are the least effective. The reasons include that the antibiotics are on the surface of the food in an oil mix. Oil and water do not mix so you'll see the oil with the antibiotics coming off and floating across the water's surface away from the fish. What a bummer.

Medicated foods with the antibiotics milled in are ideal. They can float or sink, and the anti-microbial activity remains in the food until it is eaten.

When your fish are sick with a bacterial infection, or weak and stressed from their long winter fast, it is very important that an antibiotic be administered. Antibiotics can be given by injection, baths or medicated foods.

The best treatment for serious cases of bacterial infections is an injection given along with feeding good high quality medicated food for two weeks.

Weak or stressed fish that have fasted all winter will be benefited by just feeding a good medicated food for 10 to 14 days. This is true even if they do not have sores or red areas on their bodies. You have to remember that they are under stress and because of the winter time, they are more susceptible to infection. Giving an antibiotic in the food is harmless to the fish and may stave off unexpected problems.

What makes a good, high quality medicated food? Of course a good combination of antibiotics is very important. Combinations of antibiotics are beneficial because you can't be sure that one antibiotic is tailor-made for the particular bacterial invader which might be working on the fish. More choices increases your chances of using one which will eliminate the pathogen.

But, in order for those antibiotics to work, your sick and stressed fish must EAT them. As we all know, most sick fish lay on the bottom, and will not surface to eat. That's why the ingredients that make up a good medicated food is so important. The food should slowly sink to the bottom and as much as possible, it must be very attractive to your sick fish.

Romet has been a standby food for decades. One of the problems we're seeing with Romet over the last few years, and there are those of you who know this acutely, is that it's a large pellet, and it's only got one drug in it. Many fish have proceeded to die even with the benefit from Romet as bacterial resistance has developed. Sadly, and to further complicate the matter, there are dealers and manufacturers who are repackaging the GoldKist® Romet medicated food, doubling the price and marketing it as something else, or something more effective. I wish this would stop.

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