Loaches: Treating Ich
Sorry for the double post in two different sections but I can't help myself.
Can anyone weigh in on what they think are the best medications to be used for treating Ich in regards to loaches, catfish and plecos? I'm particulary interested in reponses in regards to successful outcomes based on actual experience in medicating these types of fish. I apologize in advance for being so picky! Any and all responses will be much appreciated!
I have Killed a couple catfish using ick meds. at half dose. Last time I had ick in my 210 gal. with catfish and clown loaches I used the heat treatment. 86 deg. for 2 weeks. Worked well for me, and no money spent on meds. Make sure oxegen flow is good, and most tropical fish wiill survive the high temperture.
Wow. 86? The highest I went up to was 85. I was so worried about my barbs & rams with the hi temp. Since then I've talked with my guy at the LFS and he said if there's a next time that my barbs & rams can handle the temp, provided it's very gradually increased and not abrupt.
Did you use heat treatment alone or in conjunction w/ aquarium salt?
What type of cats did you lose??
I have successfully used 86F in conjunction with aquarium salt. Be sure to add extra air stones to the aquarium during treatment to improve oxygen levels.
Thank you for the reassurance on the high temp. I kept re-reading your posts on feeding garlic and being patient but I know that was in regards to saltwater fish....
I did not know about elevating oxygen levels. Thanks for that!
I lost two 4 line catfish treating with Quicy Cure at half dose. One survived, lost all of his wiskers, but grew back with time. Always use the recommended amout of salt, 1 Tab. for 5 gal. added a few extra tab., doing heat treatment. Raised tempt. slowly. 1-2 deg. a day. Increased ozegen as much as possible. Lost no fish at 86 deg. None even seamed botherd. My fish in tank cosist of Tiger barbs, tin foils, bala sharks,clown loaches, yo yo loaches, sun catfish, and one 4 line cat. All delt with the heat just fine.
Buy the way, ick, is said not to be able survive temp. of 86 deg. and above. Lower temp. than that they may fall of fish, but still be in the aquarium.
Table salt whether it has iodine or not. It's a common mistake for many people to simply dump the salt straight to the tank. I use a tablespoon per 5g dose, dissolve thoroughly and add gradually on time intervals.
Lupes- I recall a post where bettababy said to put the salt directly into the aquarium. She was specific in her instruction to not premix and then add to the tank. I've gotta go hunt down that post....
I added my salt in the exact way you described...
I dissolve my salt in water first as well. I did not know it was ok to use salt with iodine. Thought I read once it was poisonous to fish. If Its ok to use, it would save me lots of money. Aquarium salt from the lfs is not as cheap.
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