still some signs of ich how do i follow up
okay so i am on week 7 of the west texas ich treatment. but my lemon tetras and the BGK are still showing signs of ich, but are getting better. everyone else seems clear. i have one more day before i start decreasing temp and doing my h20 changes. should i finish this round then start it again? now when im done treatment how do i prevent it from coming back? should i be cleaning all my ordiments and plants? replace my media in my filter? i don't want to have to deal with this again if at all possible
You're on day 7 (not week) right? I'd stay with your high temp until 48 hours after the last visible sign of a white spot (ich) has gone. If you lower your temp that will allow the free swimmers to remain viable. I don't remember if I had attached this article for you before but it's very informative in understanding ich and its life cycle:
The Skeptical Aquarist
yeah sorry that was day. what if the spots are still there after the 48 hours?
Keep treating with the high temperatures if you still see ick. Like Aunt Kymmie said, still treat with heat for a few days after all signs of ick are gone. The high temperatures should kill off the ick in the tank, so as long as you do not add any new fish to the tank it "should" stay ick free.
The 48 hours starts after you have seen the very last spot. Which means the spots will not be there as the 48 hours sets in after the last visible spot is seen. Make sense??
okay. but i do want to add some more fish. now when im done treatment how do i prevent it from coming back? should i be cleaning all my ordiments and plants? replace my media in my filter? i don't want to have to deal with this again if at all possible
When you are ready to introduce new fish to your tank you must QT them if you are going to avoid reintroducing ich. You should QT for three weeks, four weeks is better. Here's a great idea by trrylym in setting up a reasonably priced QT tank:
Quarantine - 15 gallon Freshwater fish tank
QT-ing is the only way you can be sure that ich won't "come back".
Like you, I don't want to ever have to deal with ich again and as much as I lack the patience as far as QT-ing new fish I know it's what should be done.
i get the 48 hours after there is no spots. i'm on day 7 of the treatment day 9 says to start water changes and decreasing temp. so what your saying is that i stay at the stage where i don't add anymore salt or raise the temp until the spots go away?
The temp should be around 80-82, what medicine do you use. I used Ich away, the malachite stuff. My ich went away after a week of treatment. Of course i removed the very infected fish, they took a ride down the porcelain express :-(. Hope your tank clears, do you Quarantine your new fish, and where do you buy them.
What temperature is you tank set at now? If you still see spots, dont start to lower the tempt. Water changes are fine, just replace the amount of salt you take out during the water change, since you are still treating for ick.
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