05-15-2012, 12:05 PM
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Ah, I was hoping that perhaps a single Convict still needed a larger tank, or a larger tank footprint, to put a definitive end to the idea.
He's been in the hospital tank, which is on its own filter and everything, and is supposed to be treated. I work for PetSmart though, so unfortunately that's really the only hospital tank we have and there's corporate rules surrounding it such as a manager being the only one who can treat the tank and such (which is why the upkeep has been inconsistent at best) and what treatments can be used, I believe, as well. Currently he's in there with one of the African Cichlids who also had ich and an owner returned Dalmatian Molly who now has ich as well. I've been doing as much as I can by being sure they have the appropriate food (i.e. cichlid pellets and an algae wafer opposed to tropical flakes for the cichlids) and giving them thawed out bloodworms every time I work, but of course that doesn't solve the ich problem...
I have been thinking of ignoring corporate rules though, and I have to stop there today so I might check on them and bump up the tank temp a bit since I've read that helps with ich. Of course, even if they do get better the tank the Convicts are in now is particularly notorious for ich and I'm not even sure how to approach that given that it's on the same system as the rest of the sales tanks and whatnot, which is really just another issue altogether at the moment.
Apologies, most of that was a venting of frustrations combined with a "thinking things aloud" kind of thing...that isn't curing the thoughts that I have a couple of tens I was planning to set up after the move that could be used as a hospital tank. Which presents another problem in itself: the soonest we might be moving, and that's if we get the house we've put a bid on, is probably July/August, so about two or three months of growth in a 10-gallon.