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Ich (yuck!)

Discussion in 'Off Topic and Chat' started by Russ, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Russ

    Russ Guest

    This topic is probably a black hole, but I have a 46 gallon with rainbows, tetras , barbs, and some C. ansorgii that all have a nasty case of ich. I raised the temperature to 84F and have been treating with Seachem ParaGuard for 6-7 days. It seems to go from one species to the next. The rummynoses have it now.

    Can anybody offer any advice about getting this stuff off of my fish and out of my tank?

    thanks,

    Russ
     
  2. Urkevitz

    Urkevitz Junior Poster

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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    do frequent water changes and vacuum the gravel.
     
  3. Russ

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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    Thanks for the reply. I do 50% weekly water changes and vacuuming the gravel isn't an option since the substrate is covered with marsilea minuta and crypts.

    Are there people out there who have had luck with chemical treatments? If so, what?

    -Russ
     
  4. turbomkt

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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    Have you considered adding aquarium salt? Seems to relieve the stress in several species and could help with the weakness allowing ich to get hold.

    --Mike
     
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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    I haven't had ich in my tanks in a long time, but when I did I raised the temperature to the 90's for a few days. That took care of the ich, and the plants and fish were unaffected.
     
  6. Russ

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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    How much salt should I add? Doesn't it kill the plants?

    As for elevated temperatures, how long can I keep fish like Puntius denisoni, Rainbows, Rasboras, and Apistogramma cacatuoides at 85ºF+ or at 90º+? Does 90º+ for 3 days really kill it? I've read where any treatment must be continued for 14-16 days.

    Thanks once again.

    -Russ
     
  7. turbomkt

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    Re: Ich (yuck!)

    As long as you don't have any salt sensitive fish (scaleless fish, loaches, etc) go with a normal dose according to the directions. Otherwise a half or less, I think.

    As for temperature...I've never heard any recommendations for temps over 84.

    --Mike
     

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