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Jon88 12-02-2008 10:42 PM

Parrot fish sick *Help*
Hi guys new posting here, but been reading for about 4 months. I have a parrot fish that I believe has ick. He has white spots, rubs his body on the gravel and ornaments in the tank. He also kinda just rest/lays on the bottom of the tank. He is in a 75 gallon tank with another parrot, 2 bala sharks, 4 tiger barbs, 4 diamond tetras, 2 rams & 1 pletco. I asked the man at the pet store and he said he thinks it is ick. So I am treating the tank with a product called "API Super ICK Cure". I have been treating the tank for 3 days so far by doing what the directions say, removed filters etc. I am sch. to make a 25% water change and gravel suck friday. My parrot doesn't seem to be getting any better. How long does it usually take to cure ick? I have the temp set at 82deg F & have also added API Aquarium Salt. When should I see improvements? and also does this sound like it is ick? I hope I provided all the info and didn't miss anything. help me out guys! He has really started to slam his body on the gravel.

SolaceTiger 12-03-2008 12:40 AM

Poor guy. It definitely sounds like Ich to me, I can see the whitespots. I've never had experience with having to treat for this, thank goodness.. I'll count my blessings there. Hopefully someone can give you some advice!

Jon88 12-03-2008 01:12 PM


The white spots seem to be almost all gone today. The only problem is that he still seem to not have really any energy and he wouldn't eat yesterday and he shows no interest in eating today. How long can fish usually go with out eating? I am doing a 25% water change and gravel suck on friday so hopefully that will help out.

willow 12-03-2008 05:13 PM

have a look here.
this is very well written explanation,and should help you.
the only thing i didn't quite understand was when you said you removed the filters ?

stephenmontero 12-03-2008 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by willow (Post 155685)
the only thing i didn't quite understand was when you said you removed the filters ?

Yeah I dont get it either but when your treating your fish the directions always say to remove ur filtration media dont ask why lol i dont know i just know its what they say to do

aunt kymmie 12-03-2008 10:39 PM

The instructions, as I understand them, is to remove the carbon in the filter, if you are using carbon. I'm assuming it's because the carbon sucks up the meds, making them less effective. Once you're done medicating you replace the carbon to suck up the meds. I assume that's the reason why...

1077 12-04-2008 02:40 AM

Carbon is very good at removing impurities and pollutants from the water including medications. Always best to remove carbon when using medications or meds become diluted and thus less effective. :-)

willow 12-04-2008 09:52 AM

ahhhh right i see,
thanks for clearing that guys,yes makes perfect sence to remove
the carbon,if it's in the filter,as the meds won't work.

Jon88 12-04-2008 05:36 PM


I just finished treating the tank/fish for ick. All white spots are gone and he seems to be swimming fine. I'm going to be doing a 25% water change, real good gravel suck & replacing the filters rite now. The only problem is my fish hasent eatin in 3 days? Any reason why?

aunt kymmie 12-04-2008 05:54 PM

I'd be inclined to give him a few more days before I started to worry. Meds are tough on a fish and it could just be that he's not feeling up to par due to the medication treatment. Hopefully he'll perk up and eat soon.

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