Seachem Focus 5g
Focus™ is an antibacterial polymer for internal infections of fish. It may be used alone or mixed with other medications to make them palatable to fish and greatly reduce the loss of medication to the water through diffusion. For use in freshwater or marine aquaria.
WHEN TO USE A MEDICATED FOOD MIX
YOUR FISH HAS AN INTERNAL INFECTION
Bloating, abnormal stools, loss of appetite, and weight loss are all signs of a potential internal infection.
YOU ARE ALREADY TREATING WITH A MEDICATION IN THE WATER
Sometimes fish will develop several infections at the same time, requiring multiple medications. We don’t recommend dosing two medications into the water, but it is possible to put one medication in the food and the other in the water.
THERE ARE CORALS, PLANTS, OR INVERTEBRATES IN THE TANK
Using a medicated food mix will prevent damage to delicate plants or invertebrates from medication.
Focus™ should be combined with another medication to treat your fish’s specific infection. Research your fish’s symptoms to find the right medication for their disease.
DOSING IN FOOD
Stir together the medicated food mix (recipe below) before feeding. Feed the fish once daily as much as they can consume in about 1 minute. Treatment periods will vary but it is recommended to treat for at least a week. This medicated food can be refrigerated or frozen between feedings.
To enhance palatability use with GarlicGuard™ or Entice™.
SEACHEM MEDICATIONS FOR MEDICATED FOOD MIXES
MetroPlex™: Treats internal and external parasites and bacterial infections
KanaPlex™: Treats internal and external bacterial and fungal infections
SulfaPlex™: Treats external fungal and bacterial infections
NeoPlex™: Treats bacterial infections of the intestines
Active ingredient: polymer bound nitrofurantoin (0.1%).
TREATING COMMON FISH DISEASES WITH A MEDICATED FOOD MIX
Ichthyophthirius (freshwater) / Cryptocaryon (saltwater)Looks like salt sprinkled on the fish’s body and fins. Usually accompanied by twitching, flashing, and other signs of stress and irritation. Several parasites are grouped under this name, but the symptoms are almost identical. Ich is among the most common infections of fish, and is entirely treatable with diligence and attention to water quality.
Suggested Treatment Period:MetroPlex™ Blend: 14-21 days
Special ConsiderationsIt is very important with this parasite to continue dosing for the full treatment period. A break in the medication allows the parasite to multiply and reinfect the fish.
Suggested Treatment Period:KanaPlex™
Aeromonas hydrophilia.Reddish streaks in the fins near the body or under scales. Common in goldfish. Associated with overcrowding and stress, particularly in goldfish and koi. It can also be caused by a virus.
Suggested Treatment Period:KanaPlex™ Blend: 1 week or SulfaPlex™ Blend: 3 weeks
Special ConsiderationsThis infection is strongly linked to crowding and poor water conditions. Make sure your fish have clean water and plenty of space.
Symptom of internal damageFish appears bloated, scales stick out in a pinecone-like manner. Dropsy is a result of damage to the liver, causing fluid to build up in the fish. It often starts as bloat and progresses to Dropsy over time.
Suggested Treatment Period:KanaPlex™ Blend: 1 week
Special ConsiderationsDropsy is a sign of severe internal damage, not a symptom of a specific disease. It is treatable with KanaPlex if caught early, but sometimes the damage is too severe to respond to medications. The best defense is to catch internal infections early, before they progress to this stage.
ColumnarisDamaged fins, ulcers and yellowish patches on gills, tissue on head and mouth eaten away. This infection appears gruesome, but is entirely treatable. It is common to see fungus-like tufts around the face and mouth in addition to deterioration of tissue. It is essential to catch this disease early to prevent long-term damage.
Suggested Treatment Period:KanaPlex™ Blend: 1 week
Special ConsiderationsColumnaris is very contagious. If possible, remove the infected fish to treat separately in a hospital tank.
SpironucleusSymptoms include a loss of color, erosion or lesions on the face, head, and body, and stringy white feces. This condition is often caused by an internal parasite, but factors like poor diet, poor water quality, and lack of trace elements will all contribute to this issue.
Suggested Treatment Period:MetroPlex™ Blend: 2 weeks
Special ConsiderationsIn freshwater this condition is called Hole in the Head. Research your fish’s preferred diet and water chemistry to ensure they are being properly duplicated in the aquarium. Consider using a nutrient soak for the food to provide essential vitamins and nutrients to the fish.
In saltwater this condition is called Marine Head and Lateral Line Erosion. It can be caused by an internal parasite, but more often these symptoms are connected to nutrient deficiencies or poor water quality. Duplication of the natural environment, proper filtration, and a nutrient-rich diet are all essential to curing this condition in saltwater.