05-02-2012, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Norbert
I did as you told and increased temperature on saturday (midnight) and didn't help within 7 days. I left it for another 4 days (till today -wednesday midnight).
My oldest clown loach has lots of white spots. I have two small ones too, one is literally covered in spots but he's ok so far but I'm mostly concerned about second small one. He has few white spots and he's acting strange. He's lieying down in foregrown on plants and other strange places (never did that befor) and I wouldn't mind if that would be night time but not in middle of feeding or when it's afternoon.Also he has red gills
Basically he's really bad and it's second day like that....he's eating but I don't think he'll keep like this for long.
I changed water like you wrote just didn't do that today yet (will get to it after you'll answer).
So anyway it's been 11 days and all fish are ok apart from clown loaches, it doesn't come off.
What should I do ?
This may well not work. As I wrote previously, clown loach get ich bad, very bad, for reasons I don't think anyone really knows. But they are one of a few species that are highly prone to ich. And what makes this even worse is that being scaleless they are highly sensitive to any medications, chemicals, etc. Everyone I have ever read suggests treatment for loaches be half-strength because of this sensitivity. Which is why I suggested CopperSafe which is a milder treatment than other products.
I would be tempted to raise the temp to 90F. For a week or even two this should be tolerable to the loach. However, you have other fish in this tank that will not do well at such high temperatures.
Given this scenario, my action would be to divide the fish. Do you have another tank? The best solution would be to move the two loach to a separate tank, it could be a 5g even for this, and then raise the temp to 90F and see what happens. If this can be done, I woudl even hesitate to use CopperSafe, as the high temp should deal with ich. And the fish would have less stress without the CS.