02-27-2011, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Lupin
This thread is confusing me.
Please outline the ich treatment you did. When you treat for ich, you are supposed to continue another 10 days of treatment right after ich disappears to ensure the ich is completely eliminated. Keep your temp consistently at 80 degrees Fahrenheit at least. I will not advise elevating it any further as this sounds like a mixed infection of parasites and bacteria, both being symbiotic with each other. Flexibacter columnare latches on the ich allowing both pathogens to work together. Once the ich pries open the skin exposing the blood vessels of your fish, the columnaris itself starts to establish on the fish.
Use aquarium salt and STOP the malachite green - formalin combo. The salt will kill off the free swimming ich parasites and keep columnaris at bay. This is assuming however that the columnaris case is only mild and not advanced. Advanced cases require antibiotics.
Dispose your used carbon. You will NOT need the carbon anymore at this point. I prefer to use carbon only to remove the meds once treatment course is done however water changes work the same way and are more advantageous than activated carbon.
Just in case, where are you located?
What is the current update of your fish?
I actually lost my second Blood Parrot Saturday night which traumatized me. So I'm down to one lost lonely one. I have continually treated for Ich for the last two months. After about 2 weeks each time I put a fresh carbon filter back it would come right back. I have kept the temperature at a consistent 80 degrees. I agree in thinking that there was more than one problem that still exists. I will stop using the malachite and continue with the salts and no carbon filter in high hopes that I do not lose my last baby. I am located in Danville Virginia. All the other fish I have-have not appeared to be affected at any point. My last blood parrot looks okay right now however when I checked the one that died Saturday night he looked perfectly fine, which really through me for a loop. I thank you so much for your useful information and time.