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pash19 04-14-2008 08:12 AM

35gal tank with ICH
I have 6 cories, 6 dwarf gouramis,4 zebra danios 3 platies and 1 bushynose pleco,1 live plant water stats ammonia 0.25ppm, nitrite 1.0ppm, nitrates 10ppm, pH 7.4
I'm unure of what approach to take with treating my fish for ich. I'm new to keeping tropical fish but I already love them! please help with as much detailed info you can give thank-you greatly appreciated!

southafrica1001 04-14-2008 08:41 AM

what is the size of your tank?

i have found that adding 1 teaspoon of salt per 5 gallons helps, put the temperature up a few degrees and try doing 25-50% water changes every other day or every day to try get rid of the ich, continue the treatment even if the symptoms have gone from the fish, ich can still lurk in your tank. good luck

pash19 04-14-2008 08:44 AM

thank-you, it's a 35 gallon tank

southafrica1001 04-14-2008 08:49 AM

:oops: whoops sorry i only realised that you put that in the subject sorry.
the salt can be table salt, i know alot of members argue over this but i have read that it is ok and another member Lupin said that it was perfectly fine, and it is, none of my fish were effected when i was using salt to treat velvet

edit: i was just reading in my book that salt can harm catfish, i would just watch and make sure that nothing goes wrong, and says 1 tablespoon per gallon. the other one i told you was a salt bath where you use 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons in a hospital tank. mmm confusing

pash19 04-14-2008 08:55 AM

so what kind of harm will this do to my plant? and how do i go about putting the salt in? and do i have to take it out eventually or what?

southafrica1001 04-14-2008 08:59 AM

i dont think the plant will be harmed, ive just contacted another member about the salt. the salt can be removed by water changes but im still unsure about the catfish, do you have an extra tank that they can be put in? the salt can just be put in it will dissolve when it hits the water. sorry im a bit confusing and im confusing myself. :oops:

pash19 04-14-2008 09:00 AM

no but wouldn't the parasite attach to them anyway?

southafrica1001 04-14-2008 09:04 AM

im not sure about catfish getting ich i have heard that it is rare, but still im not sure, i dont want to tell you to add the salt if it will harm your catfish, ill try get another member over that has worked more with salt

pash19 04-14-2008 09:05 AM

thank you so much for all your help i just want them to be okay! im going to do a 25% water change now! and how to i go about adding the salt solution? in 4 increments over an extended amount of time?

southafrica1001 04-14-2008 09:06 AM

here is an ich treatment using salt, and has been used on catfish it says to use aquarium salt but i think that normal table salt will still work (ive been told that by another member)

in adding the salt i think that you can add it all together however if you feel more comfortable adding little bits at a time then go ahead

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