Black Molly Developed Ich! What Do I Do?
Oh, the joy of buying new fish...this is one reason why I tend not to buy new fish frequently, they almost always develop something or come with something. So, last Monday I decided to purchase TWO Black Mollies, I figured my 2+ year old Dalmation Molly was lonely, and I purchased TWO Male Guppies for my other male Guppy.
Fish appeared all fine, except just one. One of the black mollies appeared to not be swimming as fast as the others and wasn't as active either, it ate the food fine, however.
The black Molly didn't improve. I decided to put in a tablet of Tetra Parasite Guard in case this fish had Internal parasites, nothing was appearing on its skin.
I was not home Wednesday, I was out with friends.
I came home from my friend's house and I came to see that black molly has developed ICH! I have NEVER experienced the illness of Ich with any of my fish. I then added another tablet of Tetra Parasite Guard according to the directions hoping for the best. Tetra Parasite Guard has worked for me in the past smoothly. Before I went to bed, I found a bottle of QuickCure for Ich. It contains the following ingredients: Formalin and Malachite Green. I decided to put some in the tank according to the directions.
The Molly appears to still have Ich on its body, but appears to be active. I'm not sure if it is going away or not since I've never experienced Ich in my tank(s) before. I will keep adding the QuickCure to the tank according to the directions until it is away, I read online that this could take TWO weeks for it to fully go away?? Also, all the other fish appear to be normal, all swimming and being active, not ICH on any of them!
My Tank Setup:
10 Gallon Cycled
Heater: Keeps the tank at 78F, I'm not able to raise the temp to 84F which is required to remove Ich at a faster rate?
3 Male Guppies
3 Green Cory Catfish
I have aeration installed in the tank, which the fish love. :)
I have also removed the carbon in the filter since I have started the process of Tetra Parasite Guard.
Since I have Green Cory catfish, I noticed I cannot add Aquarium Salt to the tank, which irritates them and can speed up the process of removing Ich.
How long will this healing process last?? I know all of my fish are prone to this disease, which is why I am treating the WHOLE tank. I unfortunately don't have a quarantine tank.
Go get a new heater. Heat your tank up to 84 degrees. Go up 2 or 3 degrees per day, dont try to do it all at once. Leave the heat at 84 for a week then gradually bring it back down to normal. I have managed to successfully combat ich this way without hurting any of my fish or shrimp. (I started with a 10 gallon and found it extremely difficult to maintain water quality and fish health compared to my 40 and 29 gallon tanks...)
Re: aquarium salt - I have 8 cories who I adore. They are so sweet. I do add aquarium salt to my tank and have never had an issue. The cories are thriving. I use this guideline: Arizona Aquatic Gardens - Top "Aquarium" Secrets!
When my Betta had ich, I just used the medicinal tablets from Jungle and kept the water really, really clean and it cleared up. Good luck, wish I could be of more help
Ich has trouble breeding in temps over 85. 87 and above for 2 weeks will kill it without meds.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I have just fed my fish and just did my second dose of QuiCK Cure. I have also noticed the infected black molly has also developed fungus, the ich dots appear to not be getting larger nor bigger which is a good sign. The fish's personality has also shown more today than yesterday, which is a great sign. It still has interest in food and is still eating, which is a big plus. Perhaps this will clear up within a week? The QuICK Cure bottle doesn't say to do any water changes, but it does say to add carbon back 48 hours after last treatment. Should I trust that? When should I do a water change?
My situation was very different, so I can't help with the water changes, but I wish the best for your Molly and other fish!
Never run carbon while medicating a tank, it sucks the medication up rendering it useless.
Yes I would trust the fact to add it back after treatment has finished but only once you are absolutely sure it has cleared.
If the treatment is working then, yes water changes need to be performed, once the cysts drop off the fish then they should be vacuumed up within a small space of time. The key to combating ICH is higher temperature above 80F and keeping the water as clean as possible during the treatment. Daily vacuuming at least with frequent if not daily water changes,
Fish looks the same, ich dots still there, a little fungus is still there also. Behavior has not changed yet, the fish is acting completely normal and is not clamped. The fish also does not scratch its self against anything. The disease has not spread yet to any of the fish in the tank. Yesterday I did my third dose of QuiCK Cure and I have stopped the treatment of Tetra Parasite Guard. Today I will do a 1 gallon water change. Let's hope for the best! All I care about is that it's not spreading and that it's not getting any worse.
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