Re:Preparing a 1st aid kit

Pete Giwojna

Dear Seagazer:

Yes, sir, I can suggest some sources for most all of the most-have meds we’ve been discussing.

Methylene blue, formalin, and metronidazole should be available from any well-stocked fish store.

Pouch Kits and beta-glucan (a primary ingredient in Vibrance) can be obtained directly from Ocean Rider (

Betadine or something equivalent should be available from any drug store or pharmacy.

You can obtain the right kind of Panacur (i.e., fenbendazole) online from the following web site:

Click here: KV Vet Supply / KV HealthLinks – Pet, equine & livestock supplies / Quality nutrition for you!

(Get the 22.2% granules of Panacur/fenbendazole rather than the paste.)

Neo3, a concentrated formulation of neomycin combined with sulfa compounds, is available online from AquaBiotics at the following web site:

You can get a wide range of antiparasitics, anti-fungals, and antibiotics, including pretty much all the medications on my list from National Fish Pharmaceuticals (aka the Fishy Farmacy) at the following URL:
Click here: Fish Medications

However, many of the meds from National Fish Pharmaceuticals are only available in relatively large quantities — sometimes more than the average seahorse keeper needs for his fish room Medicine Chest or First Aid Kit. So assembling First Aid Kits for seahorses might make a good project for aquarium clubs or aquarium societies to work on. Members could pool their resources, by the medications in bulk, and then divvy them up for their individual kits…

Diamox (the tablet form of acetazolamide) will be the toughest of the most-have medications to obtain, since it’s a prescription drug. Most hobbyists will need to obtain it via their family physician or local veterinarian.

Best of luck lining up the medications that are important for the seahorse keeper to keep on hand, Seagazer!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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