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Old 01-18-2012, 01:58 AM   #11
 
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Thanks Byron, I would of done a large water change anyway as it feels "like the right thing to do" but in all honesty that specific issue of substances "colliding" never hit me since the only thing I'm using now is "supposed" to be a natural herbal remedy. It is starting to make the tank smell though
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:30 AM   #12
 
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Thanks Byron, I would of done a large water change anyway as it feels "like the right thing to do" but in all honesty that specific issue of substances "colliding" never hit me since the only thing I'm using now is "supposed" to be a natural herbal remedy. It is starting to make the tank smell though
That product didn't work when I tried it, but of course different circumstances can affect these things.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #13
 
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Alright so far temp is still stable at 86 (I know temp gauges can be off a bit so I have two and they both agree, one is a glass suction cup, the other is the adhesive strip kind). So far zero loss of life, all shrimp and fish are alive and showing minimal signs of stress. Spots have reduced very slightly, although they did spread to one of the Danio and a couple of the Rasbora the other day before temp got up. I'm hoping the temp keeps it from spreading. Not sure how much help the herbal stuff is being besides stinking up the tank. I think the temp is doing most of it. Plants surprisingly are all doing OK, very minimal new growth and one of the leaves on the melon sword started turning yellow but it was one of the last original leaves anyway. I'm very surprised the crypts are still alive, no melting, but no new growth either. The Hygrophila has dropped most all of it's leaves but it was starting on that before the Ich anyways, not enough light, lesson learned. Photoperiod is reduced to 6hrs so that's probably a factor in the reduced plant performance. I also cover the tank with a sheet in the evenings after the light goes off to ensure less stress from ambient light, motion, tv, 2yr old, etc.

Anyways, long story short, still going steady, no death and minor improvement in visible spots. We'll see in a few days though if another outbreak happens.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #14
 
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Status Update:

All but a few fish are spot free! One of the tetra (I assume the carrier) is still pretty ragged looking, color is drab, skin looks a little rough but he's eating and behaving normal. I might of saved them all!! the all natural way!

Now you may call me crazy but over the last couple of days I have noticed some increased growth in a few of my plants, strangely enough it's the higher light plants I was worried about the Ludwigia Repens and the Senegal tea plant (which by the way is actually doing amazing). I did completely lose the two Hygro though which I expected. One unexpected loss and kind of a bummer was the acorus. It seems as though the 'grass' just came lose of the roots, found it floating when I got home. Overall plants are doing a lot better than I was bracing myself for. Even one of the micro sword that was struggling before is looking better and put off a couple new shoots. I don't know what to think right now lol.

Now for the fish, I am completely puzzled here, they seem to be enjoying the higher temperature. A couple of the crazy rasbora were trying to spawn!. All shrimp are alive but I found a few snail shells in the substrate. But back to the fish, it's crazy, even the Emerald Catfish seem more active and one of them I swear has grown 1/4" at least. Maybe it was all the brine shrimp and blood worms I was feeding them. I just did some regular flakes tonight and the tank went into an absolute feeding frenzy, even the shrimp were going nuts, One of the crazies actually stole a shrimp pellet from the Gourami and darted up to the java fern and started munching on it.

I may just be going crazy but I swear the fish are actually enjoying the warmer water. And the plants, even the Crypts are still showing new growth, one of the crypts (I surely thought they would melt during the heat) has about 8 new leaves growing on it, and to top it off I have a bubble stone going in the tank right now to make sure the O2 in the higher temps stays abundant for the healing fish.

But again... I still have 6-7 more days I'm keeping the tank at temp to make sure the Ich is fully gone so only time will tell, it may just be a fluke in behavior today but overall the tank is doing well (with a couple plants being the exception). I'm thinking the fish acclimatized to the temp and are now loving it. Crazy fish... Maybe I'll keep the tank at 80 from here on out since obviously no one seems bothered with it.

oh p.s. on the spawning rasbora's it was just two of the females though off by themselves, none of the males seemed interested so we'll see how that goes, I really don't think this is the best time for fry but at least I know now how to get them humpin!
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:44 PM   #15
 
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I would suggest the increased activity of fish may be due more to the improved conditions. The ich is likely significantly fewer now, so the fish are not under attack.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:39 AM   #16
 
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Ya, that makes more sense :)

So Day 8 of treatment, only one fish with one very minor visible spot. I spent an hour yesterday afternoon studying the fish to make sure, and no other signs of infection. But since there is still one visible spot I'm going to keep the temp up till maybe Thursday. I'm not sure what had more effect the heat or the herbal stuff. I'm guessing the heat did most of it but the herbal stuff probably slightly supplemented. I dosed ferts last night for the first time since treatment started so keeping my fingers crossed there.

And for the best part, still zero loss of life (less one snail)!! I'm sooo happy it looks like they are all going to pull through!!
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