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This is my (literal) fish medicine cabinet

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 05, 2013 08:00 AM
When guests sneak a peek inside the medicine cabinet of my guest bathroom (you know you do it too), this is what they find. There's no hiding that I'm a fish nut.
This is my (literal) fish medicine cabinet

A fish medicine cabinet in every sense of the word.

In my fish medicine cabinet (from top left to bottom right):

  • Refractometer
  • Salifert Flatworm Exit (I administer FWE to all new shipments of coral, clams, and anything with substrate)
  • Salifert Nitrite test kit
  • Salifert Ammonia test kit
  • Salifert Nitrate test kit
  • Salifert Phosphate test kit
  • Salifert Alkalinity test kit
  • Salifert Calcium test kit
  • Measuring syringes, spoons, and pipettes
  • Chloroquine phosphate powder (Used to treat ectoparasites such as Marine Ich and flukes; My new standard medication for quarantine)
  • Seachem Ammonia Alert (Used in all my quarantine tanks)
  • Seachem Prime (emergency ammonia/nitrite neutralizer.  Always have a bottle on hand in case your hospital or quarantine tank develops NH4 or NO2 spikes).
  • Methylene Blue (for fungus infections, which are rarely encountered in saltwater)
  • PraziPro (liquid praziquantel for de-worming and fluke eradication.  Often used during quarantine)
  • Cupramine (for general treatment of protists such as Marine Ich, Oodinium, Amyloodinium, and Ichthyophthirius.  I have largely replaced the use of Cupramine with Chloroquine phosphate)
  • Kent Marine Lugol's Iodine (Used as a coral dip)
  • Two Little Fishes' ReVive (Used as a secondary coral dip)


I've bolded what I believe are must-have items for every marine fishkeeper.  Cupramine is highlighted if you are unable to find Chloroquine phosphate (CP). The coral dips aren't bolded because there are many different ways people successfully treat new corals, but you should definitely develop your own coral dipping regiment.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone the importance of quarantine.  If you are not quarantining fish (and dipping corals), I implore you to do so. Anyone who's ever dealt with eradicating diseases and coral pests will tell you an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.  Save your sanity ... and the lives of the animals you chose to steward.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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