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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2008, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Help moore

Hi there,
My friend bought three fish, two black moores and a calico.
The two seem to have ick and he just discovered it today, the two are kind of going crazy...what is the best to treat it before they die :(
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-04-2008, 12:49 AM
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This is what I've done in the past:

1- Raise the temperature. Maintain temps of 82-84 F. Keep the temperature raised for 10 days, or until all signs of ich have been gone for 3 days, whichever is longer. Remember that warm water holds less oxygen than cool water. Make sure you have good surface agitation.

2- Add Aquarium Salt. About 2 Tablespoons per 5 gallons of water. Increase the salinity slowly over a few days. Disolve the salt in water before adding it to the tank. Again, 10 days, or until all signs of ich have been gone for 3 days, whichever is longer.

3- It is also helpful to vacuum the gravel to remove any tomonts that may be present.

This process has always worked for me in the past. I've never used any medications for ich. Supposedly there are strains of the disease that are resistant to heat and salt, but I've never encountered it.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-04-2008, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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ok awesome!
I will let him know.
Thank you so very very much!
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-06-2008, 05:55 AM
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I have also used salt treatments as well as other times Ick Guard. I really think the medications work faster but it depends on what you have in the tank, as well, as scaleless fish don't do well on the medications and need half doses.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-09-2008, 08:45 PM
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Are these goldfish? They may not deal well with the heat treatment. Ick meds may be best. Quick cure worked well on my goldfish.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-15-2008, 09:54 AM
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I'd be hesitant to raise the temp that high on goldfish. Elevating the temp is good procedure with ich but with a cold water fish I don't think I'd do it. If you treat the ich with meds it is vitally important that you follow the directions on dosing and continue to dose with the meds for 5 days to a week after you see the last parasite. If you don't you could potentially miss killing the last generation of parasites and see a flare up very soon after the tank is "cured".

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