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post #11 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
Finally some real, good advice on whats going on in my tank. Thank you everyone. I originally suspected nitrates so its good to hear im not totally clueless lol. Things just get a little confusing when you have people at stores telling you a million different things. Ok so the Ich treatment im using is Sentry ParaShield at 1 9ml dosage a day for 5 days. Im on day 4 now. Im gonna do the 5th treatment tomorrow, do a water change the following day then 2 more days of treatment. Good idea? Also I can def pull back on the lighting and blood worms as Ive only been feeding them those for the past week. What are your opinions on API Nitra-Zorb?
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post #12 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
Oh and I believe the Ich was introduced by 3 Cardinal Tetras I purchased a week or so ago.
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post #13 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 12:09 PM
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Ok so the Ich treatment im using is Sentry ParaShield at 1 9ml dosage a day for 5 days. Im on day 4 now. Im gonna do the 5th treatment tomorrow, do a water change the following day then 2 more days of treatment. Good idea? Also I can def pull back on the lighting and blood worms as Ive only been feeding them those for the past week. What are your opinions on API Nitra-Zorb?
I am skeptical of API Nitra-Zorb. No particular reason other then..well.. I just am.

Is the Sentry ParaShield working? I haven't ever heard much positive feed back on that. If it's doesn't fix it then do a huge water change to get it out of there put new carbon in your fitter to also get rid of it then up your temp to 86f for two weeks. That alone is the best way to kill ick. You're already more then halfway through so I guess finish it out?? Then heat your tank if your ich isn't resolved.
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post #14 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
Im noticing less Ich spots however its far from gone. The only fish that have it are the 6 Cardinals though I saw 1 spot on the tail fin on the ram which appears has gone away. they seem totally unphased by it still have there colors, eat and swim like nothings wrong. I keep the temp at around 82 as it is so going up to 86 shouldnt be a problem. So ill finish the treatment, follow with a large water change, restock my filters and raise the temp to 86. Would it hurt to start raising the temp now? Maybe I should quarantine the cardinals?
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post #15 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 12:50 PM
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I'd wait. Meds and heat and ich are 3 stressors too many. Just finish the meds..asses your ich situation then and keep an eye out for a while and if it isn't gone or does come back then go ahead and heat the tank.

Normally I'd always say QT.. especially a new fish however the ich is already in that tank..not just on the fish so it's not necessary to QT..just extra work at this point.
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post #16 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
Understood. I learned that oxygen can deplete during medicating as well as temp increases so yeah, that would be bad. Thank you soooo much for all your helpful advice! Hopefully I can put an end to all of these issues. Ill keep you posted.
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post #17 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 02:07 PM
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plants love nitrates if your curious.
could get floating plants if you have any thoughts/concerns about cleaning your substrate that could/would fill with roots
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post #18 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 02:39 PM
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plants love nitrates if your curious.
could get floating plants if you have any thoughts/concerns about cleaning your substrate that could/would fill with roots
This is true, and more trustworthy then new nitrate "cures" on the market. Water changes too, but yes plants are good.
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all our modern technology and science. the expensive filtration systems and drugs, ... and nature does a better job every time. cheaper too
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post #20 of 39 Old 11-03-2013, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
Live plants love nitrates huh? Iv toyed with the idea of going live rather than artificial however im concerned my Royal Pleco will make salad out of whatever I put in. Also my other concern is heating the water to 86 degrees. Im under the impression that corys are sensitive to high temperatures no? Are there any others in my tank I need to worry about?
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