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post #1 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best way to cure ick? Are there any products that work the best or the fastest? I got this stuff called ick out and did three treatments, one a day every three days followed by a 50% water change 24 hours after treatment. It seemed to work, the fish that had it cleared up but now I noticed a spot on the fin of a different fish. This has taken lots of water being that I have a 55 gallon. I'm starting to get frustrated! Please if anyone has any suggestions, HELP!!!
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 10:11 AM
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The very best ways to prevent ICH in the aquarium is by use of a quarantine tank for new fish before they go in your main tank or display tank and,,by maintaining the water quality in your tank. Weekly water changes,not over feeding, and not over stocking.
As for medications, I haven't tried the product you mentioned but it is always best to follow the directions exactly, as to doses and length of time for medicating. Also a good idea to not use the nets or other tools used in sick tank on main tank and vice-versa.
I have used product Quick Cure which is found at many fish stores and walmart. It contains formalin and malachite green. If directions ar followed, it works well for ICH.
I and many others, use a small quarantine or hospital tank say,, ten gal. They are cheap and it is much easier and cheaper to medicate and perform water changes in a ten gal. than a larger tank.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 10:49 AM
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The other thing people fail to do is to continue treatment for 48 (!) hours after the last visible white spot has been seen. It's during the free swimming stage that the ich parasite is vulnerable to meds.
Did you continue with the meds for two full days after you saw the last visible white spot?
I used Kordon's Rid-Ich with great success.

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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The very best ways to prevent ICH in the aquarium is by use of a quarantine tank for new fish before they go in your main tank or display tank and,,by maintaining the water quality in your tank. Weekly water changes,not over feeding, and not over stocking.
As for medications, I haven't tried the product you mentioned but it is always best to follow the directions exactly, as to doses and length of time for medicating. Also a good idea to not use the nets or other tools used in sick tank on main tank and vice-versa.
I have used product Quick Cure which is found at many fish stores and walmart. It contains formalin and malachite green. If directions ar followed, it works well for ICH.
I and many others, use a small quarantine or hospital tank say,, ten gal. They are cheap and it is much easier and cheaper to medicate and perform water changes in a ten gal. than a larger tank.
I do water changes weekly and i test the water frequently. The water is fine. Now others have it. I could do the hospital tank but shouldn't I be treating the water in my main tank? Doesn't Ich live in the water? I need help
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 03:39 PM
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Yes, the entire tank has been exposed to Ich so QT isn't the option here. I see in your first post that you did a water change (which removed the meds) after 24 hours. That may be the problem. More than likely there were probably some free swimmers still left in your tank.
If I were you (and I'm not) I'd purchase some more medication (Kordon's Rid-Ich or Quick Cure) and follow the directions to the letter. It's that 48 hours after last visible white spot seen that is key as far as the length of time when medicating.

You may want to read this article to better understand Ich's life cycle:

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post #6 of 17 Old 03-11-2009, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
So last night I set up a hospital tank and purchased QuICK Cure. I just put in the first dosage. Hope all goes well. I do have some questions about the hospital tank though. Should I have the tank running all the time? I used the filter and rocks from when I last had the 10gallon(Hospital) set up. Is this ok? Should I replace the filter? Is there any other steps I should take as far as the hospital goes? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-11-2009, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
To be clear I am dosing the main tank not the hospital.
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post #8 of 17 Old 03-12-2009, 11:03 PM
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If you are moving the fish from your contaminated tank to your hospital tank, you aren't helping anything. Your hospital tank is for fish from the store so you can watch for signs of disease before you put them in your main tank. If you move the fish to the hospital tank, you will have to treat both tanks, or just treat the hospital tank and wait a VERY long time before you will be able to move them back. At this point, I would just leave the fish where they are and treat the main tank. You must make sure that you continue the medication for a MINIMUM of 48 hours after you see the last visible white spot. Also make sure that you don't do any water changes til your treatment is completely done. I would also add salt to your tank during treatment. This will help your chances of keeping all the fish alive through treatment.

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post #9 of 17 Old 03-12-2009, 11:06 PM
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I just looked at your tank info. I would also increase the temperature of the tank between 80-84 during treatment. And you must be careful of not overdosing, your loach's life hangs in the balance! Good luck!

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-13-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
Okay so today I just did the third treatment of QuICK Cure. I have added salt and raised temp to 82. I put in 55 drops as directed each day. It says to do a 25% water change if treatment is necessary after 3 treatments. Still got ich. So I guess tomorrow I'll do the water change and continue treatment. Does this sound right? Also, I have a spotted catfish that isn't looking too good since I started treatment. Its barbels are curling and look to be shorter. I don't know what I should do. I don't want to loose him! Please help! Should I keep him in the main tank?
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