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Austin 07-22-2013 12:16 AM

Ugh I may have ICH. :(
My new boesemani rainbowfish might have ich... I see one little white spot on him.

I heard about the treatment of raising the temperature to 86 degrees F. First I will need a heater...

So far, its been summer so the tank has stayed around ~80 without a heater. So, I was wondering if anyone can give me a good heater recommendation? I think I will need one eventually anyways? I was thinking the Eheim Jager 150 W. Is that enough for a 50g tank?

And then I'm wondering if my angelfish will be okay at that high temperature? :(

Any other advice is appreciated. :X

BarbH 07-22-2013 01:11 AM

I have an eheim jager heater on my 72 gallon and out of all the heaters I have used this is so far my favorite. You will be fine with the 150w it is rated for 53 to 79 gallons at 50 gallons it will be fine. On the heater when you first get it watch to make sure it is heating to the temp that you set it at, if not follow the directions for recalibrating it. As for your angel it will be fine at that temp, a lot of breeders actually keep their breeding angels in the low 80s. The big thing to remember is when the temp is higher the concentration of O2 in the water can decrease and the metabolism of fish will increase. You will want to keep an eye on your fish for any signs of stress.

ao 07-22-2013 01:16 AM

it would also be a good idea to increase filtration/ aeration to compensated for the lower levels of oxygen

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Austin 07-22-2013 02:12 AM

Well, I'm typing this for the second time because I accidentally clicked out >.>

Anyways, I observed him a bit more and checked on the spot, and now I hardly see it. I have to look really close and even then I'm not sure if it exists or not. I know there's something there but it's very slight (I have to search really hard and know where to look) and maybe just a little blemish I'm not sure. Well, a tank nearby at petco did have ich, and I'm sure they run through the same filter. I had the misconception that a strong fish will naturally resist ich and not get it, and that ich is always in the water and is opporunistic. I read this isn't true just now. But I've had ich go away on its own mysteriously before. I probably should not have gotten him. I do stupid things.

Anyways, now that I can barely see it (I swear it got less noticeable in the couple hours since I looked), I'm not even sure. Now the question is, should I preventatively treat or observe for a bit more?

Romad 07-22-2013 06:02 AM

Is there any way to isolate the rainbow fish so you can keep a close eye on it? Did you quarantine the rainbow before adding him to your tank?

I'm not sure that I'd put the tank through a heat cycle before knowing that it was ich. I would do a big water change and gravel vac. on the tank in the meantime tho.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Keep us posted.

Austin 07-22-2013 06:23 AM

Thanks romad.

I don't have a quarentine set up, but I may get one at some point. :/ I only just re-started my aquarium so I just have him, an angelfish, a platy, and a few tiny guppies. I bought the rainbow and angel at the same time. I really don't want the angel to catch it. :(

I'll probably look later today when the lights come on and see how he is doing. Ill hope it's gone, and that it was just my imagination. The fish are new; I don't want to put them through stress.

I did a water change yesterday with minimal vacuuming because I hadn't noticed it until after. I may do another one today....
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