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post #1 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 29 gallon cichlid tank, I went out bought a common pleco thenn relized i wasnt going to be able to go up to a 55 as soon as I thought. So I went to Petsmart and got a rubberlip pleco to replace the common. He's been in there for 3 days and I just noticed he is covered in ICK. Im soooo pissed, if he dies and kills any of my fish Im going to complain like crazy to have them replace my fish. I just started a ick treatment and hope it saves my tank. I really really dont want to start over, this tank has been going for 3 months or so and I really like that cichlids that are in there now.

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3 MTS(sure to be mean more soon)

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Bloat who is a Fahaka puffer
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 01:29 AM
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 01:54 AM
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also thats why its a good idea to set up a quaratine tank before you add new fish to your aquarium!

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 04:44 AM
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Never could understand why quarantine tanks are not used by more people. Something as simple as a rubbermaid tub, with a small sponge filter and a heater could prevent so much unneccessary sickness and fish loss. I run an extra sponge filter always in one or two of my tanks. In this way when I bring home a new fish, or two or three,, I simply fill up a spare tub or ten gal tank, slap a heater and sponge filter in it, and place the fish in the quarantine tank for a week to ten days. If all seems ok ,then I place the new fish in my aquarium. If the fish exhibits signs of illness ,then it is much easier and cheaper to treat a small tank or tub if one is so inclined and I don't run the risk of infecting a whole tank.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I think Im going to look for a cheap 2.5 gallon tank to use as a quarantine tank. Ive read about using them on here and didnt think about it when got this fish. It is something I will do from now on though

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Beta
3 MTS(sure to be mean more soon)

55 gallon
Bloat who is a Fahaka puffer
Plants
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 06:34 PM
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well that sucks! sorry about the ick man.
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-30-2009, 09:24 AM
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I hope you fish are ok.

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Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #8 of 21 Old 10-31-2009, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Well looks like he lost the battle, just found him upside down on the bottom of the tank.

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Beta
3 MTS(sure to be mean more soon)

55 gallon
Bloat who is a Fahaka puffer
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-01-2009, 03:26 PM
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I have a 29 gallon cichlid tank, I went out bought a common pleco thenn relized i wasnt going to be able to go up to a 55 as soon as I thought. So I went to Petsmart and got a rubberlip pleco to replace the common. He's been in there for 3 days and I just noticed he is covered in ICK. Im soooo pissed, if he dies and kills any of my fish Im going to complain like crazy to have them replace my fish. I just started a ick treatment and hope it saves my tank. I really really dont want to start over, this tank has been going for 3 months or so and I really like that cichlids that are in there now.

Sorry to hear about the ICH. I never buy live anything from my petsmart. most of the tanks have the "fish under observation" stickers on them and lots of dead fish.

Petco is a little better but only int he summer. When winter coes on their fish all die. Ill stick with my lfs and mail order.

I did get ich in my tank when I got my pleco form walmart. Used malachite green and raised tank temp to 84. 9 days later all signs gone and the tank was put back to 76-78. No trouble since.

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4x giant danios
1x common pleco
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