And Narny I don't mean to steal your oil response, I was just getting more into it lol
It is always good to add on information to posts like mine that are brief
I have looked into these products and read many articles on them, and to be honest, there is just not enough evidence based on these three medications suggesting that they are potentially lethal medications.
Many people have used at full dose with bettas and other labyrinth breathing fish with fish dying similarly, while others have had no issues. Keep in mind that these products are all refined oils (normal oil would float :p) which allows them to be dilute and mix with water particles freely.
When used at 1/5 the dose (the amount it should be used on bettas), people have had no issues whatsoever with melafix. I do not encourage continual use or prolonged use, but it is still a great natural medication for encouraging cells for fin regrowth.
Melafix diluted down to 1/5 the dose is essentially the same diluent as bettafix, which is just a watered down version of melafix.
It has been scientifically proven that oils do pose a threat at coating the labyrinth organ, however it cannot be said for refined oils, meaning that it SHOULD be used with caution, and at a reduced dose for labyrinth breathing fish, particularly bettas.
breeders swear by melafix and bettafix as outstanding in encouraging fin regrowth, and this is at the reduced dosage for melafix.
I prefer melafix over aquarium salt as a medication as many bettas seem to be very sensitive and cannot regulate salinity in their bodies correctly, often resulting in more fin loss and stress.
I have successfully used aquarium salt at 0.1% on many bettas (male and female) for treating fin rot, and it is fantastic at doing so, but I also currently have one male betta
who after previously using salt as fin rot medication and as a fin regrowth medication, cannot handle it any more and looses finnage when in a salt solution even at a reduced dosage of 0.05%.
I guess any medication, be it salt, melafix, pimafix, aquari cycline, etc, has their pros and cons, and it really just needs to be tackled with caution as all medications pose the threat of mortality. Research needs to be done before using medications, and people cannot just rely on one source. Although this article is great, and I don't mean to be proving or disproving anything, it is just not very reliable to go off home owners experience with products as you will find the same result with other medications.
In my previous posts on this forum (when I first joined I think, this is my first time back in a while :p) I had done no research or readings into these products, so I have had a change of opinion on them!