My friends fish has Ich - Do not know what to recommend.
Hey guys, I made a thread a few days ago in a different section concerning a friends fish/aquarium and just come across this section today and thought I would ask here also, since I presume some people might look here and not the other place, or vice versa.
First of all my friend has the following species of fish
and Cherry Barbs.
I've recently checked his fish and they seems to have Ich spots on their fins and a few on their body/scales.
It is by no means a worst case scenario, and seems to have just started to develop with the new introduction of fish (platys)
He first spotted the white spots several days ago and bought some eSHa EXIT medication, to which he has started to use on my advice asap after consulting with other people (yesterday), the instructions are as follows:
"Use 20 drops per 100L of water on the first initial day, then 10 drops for the following 2 days." (His tank is 125L or 33 US Gallons). (He used 24 drops and 12 drops on the second day - as the instructions say to do so on its graph chart).
(The medication 'cycle' is a 3 day process, however he is on the second day, and the white spots on the fish don't seem to have deteriorated much, when I went round earlier today).
And here is a little more information on the product.
"eSHa EXIT is an effective treatment against all 'spot' (Ich) diseases.
EXIT treats Whitespot, Import spot, Pepper spot, Black spot, and Coarse spot. EXIT also cures Velvet."
"It is biodegradable and even after repeated use no remaining elements are left in the aquarium an no residues are left on the fish. EXIT can be used with the very sensitive fish (Such as Chocolate Gourami's) and very young fish due to its carefully balanced composition. Unlike many other treatments, EXIT does not contain formaldehyde which can be damaging to sensitive fish."
Ethacridine lactate 6.3mg, Malachite Green Oxalate 0.31mg, Methlene Blue 3.98mg in water.
Many people have said in the other thread I made for my friend; to raise the temperature up gradually, and also use salt.
I've recommended that he raise the temperature slowly, to which he has done, I also recommended turning up all his aeration to maximum output too - However, should he continue dosing the usual medication aswell, whilst continuing to turn up the temperature?
I didn't recommend using salts however, since he is also currently using the medication I mentioned previously, and I am under the impression that out of all the species of fish in his tank (The ones previously stated) Corydoras are exceptionally susceptible to addition of salts.
Also - Will the fish I stated cope with the higher temperatures needed to kill the life cycle of the Ich? (It is my understanding that is it required to be at 84F+ (29C). - For 2 weeks.
I've read up on it quite abit, but the questions I asked ^ are rather specific in nature and not all the information covers all my questions.
He also mentioned that after he added the medication his fish started to swim into the current of his filter output (Especially his Cherry Barbs and Corydoras, although his Corys initially did it to begin with anyhow, as when I first saw them in his tank they seemed to be rather hyperactive), he also mentioned that his Albino Corydoras love to swim in between his 2 aeration stones (I've know them to do this in a 'healthy' tank too, but wasn't sure if it was a sign that something was wrong).
- Thank you so much.
This Forum and Forum-Goers have been a huge help and relief to my friend and especially myself for all my questions and paranoia needs.
Cant begin to express my appreciation to you all.
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