03-10-2010, 04:48 PM
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I'm pretty sure it won't hurt your plants in small amounts...
but here is what I would do.
Find a clean bucket, fill it with aquarium water, and, optimally, place it under a CFL or a place with indirect sunlight.
Then treat the fish in the plant-less tank.
Ich is a parasite (duh) but it will not survive more than a few days without a host in the free-swimming stage. (assuming the temperature is good enough for the plants- over 75 would be best to make sure the cycle speeds up and the parasites die without a host.)
Treat the ich in the main tank with salt, it will likely take over a week for all the parasites to be for sure dead. (I've heard that ich will appear to be spreading with treatment, so don't panic if it does. finish the treatment and it should begin to clear up again)
Then after a couple w/c's, and the fish are cured, you can replace your plants.
Shrimp can't catch the parasite, so you could, theoretically, place the shrimp in the bucket...
(This would all be much easier if you had a quarantine tank to just treat the fish in and leave the tank salt-free. Just make sure you treat all the fish as a precaution)