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post #1 of 4 Old 01-09-2013, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Treating tank for ick--have a couple questions

I am currently treating my tank for ick (Diagnosis based on earlier post). I have a question about the meds. I am using Mardel Quick Cure, tetra dose. On the bottle it says Max dosage: 3 daily treatments. Does this mean treat once for three days or treat 3 times per day? I am currently working under the assumption that it is once for three days. If so, does this mean that after three days the ick will be gone?

Also, I have three snails. The directions said this cannot be used for snails, so I removed them from the tank and they are currently hanging out in a small 5 gallon tank with no heat or filter. Do they also need to be treated (I assume so, so they will not reinfect the whoe tank when I put them back in...). If so, how do I treat them? I have no idea!

Thanks for the help. I need it!
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-09-2013, 11:44 AM
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One dose per day over 3 days. I would treat the snals but getting a heater and slowly raising the temp to the max that the snails can handle. and add some aquarium salt into the tank.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-09-2013, 09:00 PM
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I assume you have tetra in the tank. My method for my wild-caught soft water fish (characins) is to raise the tank temperature to 85F and use CopperSafe. This is not as potent as many copper-based medications, so it is safe for sensitive fish. The increased heat speeds up the ich cycle.

If the fish can tolerate it, raising the temperature to 90F for a week without any medication will also work. Most tetra should be OK with this, but some other fish like corys will not.

I have a lot of the small snails (pond and Malaysian Livebearing) in my tanks, and they survive the CopperSafe/heat method. I can't say all snails would.

You do not want to ever use salt with tetra; all characins are highly sensitive to salt and safer remedies should be used. The salt shouldn't harm snails.


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Calling all experts....I did the API test for Ammonia but it hasn't changed colour it's still clear, should I do it again? Sorry posted in wrong place

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