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Maintaining fish health is a vital concern to aquarists and pond enthusiasts. Bacterial and fungal infections in particular have challenged fish health professionals and hobbyists alike. Many of todayâs current medications have become less effective due to resistant strains of infecting bacteria. In response to this growing problem, Aquarium Pharmaceuticals investigated hundreds of botanical extracts for use against fish diseases. Over six years of research and development resulted in the formulation of MelaFix. MelaFix is an all-natural medication derived from the leaves of ãMelaleuca,ä the scientific name for the tea tree. The healing properties of tea tree extract has been known for centuries. University studies and extensive laboratory tests showed that MelaFix is an effective anti-bacterial remedy for freshwater and marine fish. MelaFix also caused rapid repair of damaged fish tissue and fins. New growth was seen in as little as four days of treatment. This evidence led to the granting of a United States patent. International patents are pending.

Bacterial and fungal infections in aquarium fish
Disease-causing organisms are present in all aquariums. Any time a physical abrasion damages fish tissue, bacterial and fungal pathogens seize the opportunity to infect the fish. Shipping, netting, and poor water quality also weaken the fishâs immune system, permitting disease problems to occur. Skin and fin abrasions are an unavoidable part of fishkeeping. Therefore the potential for disease problems occurs with every new fish arrival, whether it is at the hatchery, fish wholesaler, aquarium shop, or in the hobbyistâs aquarium.

External bacterial infections cause a variety of symptoms including split and ragged fins. In extreme cases the fins erode back to the body. Eyes may become coated with a whitish slime or protrude from the head. Bacterial infections cause hazy, slimy patches to develop on the body. These patches may develop into red ulcers. ãMouth Fungus,ä caused by Flavobacterium (formerly Flexibacter), causes mouth tissue to deteriorate and may appear as tufts of cotton. In many cases fish do not rapidly respond to traditional medications.

Fungal infections usually occur as a secondary infection, invading tissue already damaged by bacterial and parasitic diseases. Fungus also attack fish that have been weakened by rough handling, shipping, exposure to ammonia and nitrite, improper netting, and malnutrition. Fungal pathogens use digestive enzymes to feed on the fish tissue. These enzymes damage nearby healthy tissue, allowing the disease to spread. Common symptoms include white cottony growth on fins, skin, and mouth of fish. Healing of the damaged tissue will speed the elimination of the fungal disease.

MelaFix has powerful antibacterial properties that treat the wound and promotes rapid tissue healing. Healing and tissue regeneration can usually be seen in the first four days of treatment. MelaFix also promotes regrowth of damaged fin rays and tissue. In test cases where fish had lost all tail and dorsal fins, MelaFix completely restored both fins to their original condition. MelaFix heals the wound and restores damaged tissue.

MelaFix is safe for all aquariums
MelaFix is a safe and effective anti-bacterial medication for all freshwater and marine fish. Laboratory studies proved that MelaFix is safe for even the most delicate fish species including tetras, discus fry, and scaleless fish like the clown loach. MelaFix can be used with all marine fish. Repeated treatment of sensitive clownfish fry proved harmless. MelaFix has been tested and found to be safe in reef aquariums containing invertebrates such as live coral and anemones. Treating with MelaFix will not harm the biological filter in freshwater or saltwater aquariums or ponds. MelaFix will not color the water and will not stain ornaments or silicone sealer. MelaFix has no effect on pH. MelaFix is harmless to live aquarium plants.

Compatibility with other aquarium products
MelaFix can be used with any Aquarium Pharmaceuticals water-conditioning product including Stress Coat¨, Big Alâs Multi-Purpose Water Conditioner, Ammo-Lock¨2, and Tap Water Conditioner. MelaFix does not interfere with water quality test kits. MelaFix can be used in conjunction with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Super Ick Cureú, Fungus Cureú, and General Cureú.

Shake well before using. For best results, remove activated carbon during treatment.
As a Disease or Wound Treatment:
Add 1 teaspoonful (5 ml) for every 10 U.S. gallons (40 L) of aquarium water. Repeat dose daily for 7 days. After 7 days, make a 25% water change. Treatment can be continued if necessary.
When Adding New Fish to the Aquarium or when Netting and Handling Fish:
Add 1 teaspoonful (5 ml) for every 10 U.S. gallons (40 L) of aquarium water. Repeat dose daily for 3 days.
MelaFix works well in combination with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Stress Coat, Big Alâs Multi-Purpose Water Conditioner. Stress Coat, Big Alâs Multi-Purpose Water Conditioner with Aloe Vera enhances the beneficial slime coating on fish and heals damaged tissue.
As a Disease or Wound Treatment:
Not for human consumption or for the treatment of fish intended for human consumption

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