02-09-2013, 11:43 AM
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It was a few months back, and I can't remember who or where, that I read this. Temp at 90F will kill the ich, if fish can manage that, but not at lower temps. If you can provide some info on other info, I would welcome it. B.
Originally Posted by AndrewM21
I normally would not disagree with 'temperature' requirements, but what you have posted is quite misleading. Temperatures above 78F will accelerate ichs life span and kill it in a little over a week, saying that 85F is not sufficient is quite misleading and will put an unnecessary strain on the fish when not required.
Angelfish will survive in 90F water, but boosting up the temperature that high is certainly not necessary. It is documented (very well) that temperatures above 78F will accelerate the disease, the higher the heat, the faster it dies. 85F would be sufficient to accelerate the life cycle in a short period of time and then you can clean up the mess afterwards.
I myself have successfully heat treated Ich infested aquariums in 82F water, thus showing it can be done with quite lower temperatures than what you described. Before ye go on to say that the above temperature is not sufficient to "destroy" the organism, I didn't say it was or wasn't. Temperatures of around 86F with proper aeration will ensure the disease is abolished but it can be treated with much lower water temperatures over an extended period of time and water changes.
Not saying your suggestion is wrong, but I'm saying it's misleading. With posts like that you will probably have people trying to treat lower temperature fish in 90 Degree water and whoops, something bad happened?