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post #11 of 15 Old 04-13-2010, 11:27 PM
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I just got finished battling Ich in 2 tanks, within a week of each other (it's a long story involving a mom trying to be helpful, but making things worse).

I used salt + temps (no lower than 86F), I didn't use nearly 1 tablespoon per gallon though, only 2:5. It didn't absolutely destroy my plants in my 55, but it did affect the growth and coloration. I've just recently stopped treatment (about 2 weeks on each tank, 1 week to cure all the spots + 1 to make sure it's dead) so I can't say how the plants will recover, but luckily my Roseafolia is getting it's red back. I would say a lot of it would depend on the individual plants. My Rosea as stated before lost almost all of it's red color and went to a green/tan. However my Anubias, and Java ferns didn't seem to mind. It stunted the growth of my Cabomba a bit, but it's rebounding ahead of the rest. However, in my 30 Gallon it pretty much obliterated my Java Lace, and Anachris. I went from having 20+ flowing stalks to only about 6 survivors and they are all kinda ragged. The Java Lace Fern was completely destroyed over night it seemed. The entire plant except 3 leaves were black/brown and mush.

However, using the method above (2 Tablespoons per 5 Gallons Ratio of Salt to Water, and 86 - 88 Temps) I never lost a single tetra (neon, black neon, rummynose, and von rio), rainbow (ornates, boeseman, and turquoise), danio, cory, red tailed shark, bristlenose, ghost shrimp, or the fish that started it all: brilliant rasbora.

I think Angel has successfully treated using QuickCure with no detrimental effects to her plants. I'll probably try it again next time.

In any event, whatever treatment you use, best of luck to you. Ich happens.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-13-2010, 11:54 PM
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I have battled Ich twice. Both times I kept the temperature exactly the same. In my opinion, raising the temperature to the peak of what is tolerable for the fish only adds to the stress of the Ich they are battling. I treated the whole tank (very successfully!!) with RidIch at half strength. Both times I lost no fish and the Ich was irraticated.
And this is exactly what I do and have successfully irradicated the ich with no fish loss and no harm to my plants. At one time I did try the salt/heat method but stopped midway (and switched to meds after a huge water change) as I could see my plants falling apart (effects of the salt) and the stress due to the higher temps was having a negative impact on my fish. Kordon's RidIch+ is now my go to remedy for all things ich. I know Byron always has great results with Aquarisol so his endorsement of that product tells me that using that particular med is also a safe cure for ich. Good luck with your tank and treatment!

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Well, I'll keep an eye on them... First sign of sagging or anything, I'll change the water with fresh.

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I can't comment on treating ich with live plants but I do have a questioin.I have treated ich three or four times and each time the only fish that showed signs of it was the black mollie.Does anyone know what would cause only one fish to get it every time?
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I can't comment on treating ich with live plants but I do have a questioin.I have treated ich three or four times and each time the only fish that showed signs of it was the black mollie.Does anyone know what would cause only one fish to get it every time?
Some fish are more prone to ich than others. In my tank it's the clown loaches. The other fish in my tank would have one or two spots, most of the fish had no spots whatsoever, but the clowns look sprinkled with salt. My LFS guru says clowns are very susceptible. Maybe it's the same way with mollies??

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