07-25-2011, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bigehugedome
It must be wood/ plant matter.
anyway, I'm assuming 2 of them have ich, although it is so hard to tell. Two have some white specs on them but they all seem very active and they are not lethargic. They don't scratch or anything although they sometimes swim very close to the sand sometimes. The one sits under a leaf sometimes. I cant get a good pic. Any suggestions?
Any chance of a "clear" pic? If there are whitish spots easily visible, probably ich; Velvet has very small spots and tends to cover the fish. I sometimes do nothing if the spots are ich and very few (1 or maybe 2) and only one or two fish, other than normal water changes with a good conditioner. But if it is more advanced, or if it is Velvet, raise the temp to 85F and treat once with Coppersafe at the dose on the label (1 teaspoon per 4 gallons, that is actual gallons in the tank so consider substrate displacing some water). Do this right after a water change of 50%, since future water changes will dilute the Coppersafe. Raise the temp slowly by turning up the heater over a day or two. Leave it for a week, then lower the temp by turning the heater back down. I usually do the next water change after 10 days rather than the week, and I do not add more Coppersafe.
If you have plants, do not use Flourish Comp or any other fert as this plus the Coppersafe will damage many species. Too much copper I suspect.